Santiago Echeverry

Is a Colombian New Media and Digital Artist with a background in Film and Television production. Thanks to the Fulbright Grant he received his Master's degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU. He moved to the USA in 2003 to teach Interactivity at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, UMBC, and then relocated to Florida in the fall of 2005 to teach Digital Arts and Interactive Media at the University of Tampa. He started exhibiting internationally in 1992, and his research interests are non-linear narration, video art, performance art, interactive design, creative code and web experimentation, never forgetting his commitment to Gay and Lesbian Human Rights

LA VIE EN ROSE studies how the LGBTI intimacy is interpreted by scared outsiders through the beauty of three-dimensional pixelation. The piece was totally produced in Colombia as a frame-by-frame animation, using the individual images produced by Processing 2.0, a webcam and the Kinect sensor. It uses the SimpleOpenNI library developed by Max Rheiner modifying the code to increase performance and quality as well as to explore aesthetic implications, especially when dealing with the LGBT flag colors for the body detection. Over 28000 still frames in TIFF format were used to create the final version in a 4’45” video, using a MAC OS X laptop and an external hard-drive to store these large files.

Exhibition at 1313 Gallery, Toronto, Canada. In co-presentation with LCCA – Latino Canadian Cultural Association and CANORAAA (Canadiens et Canadiennes d'origine Africaine, Antillaise et Asiatique du Canada).