Close Up is a project created in the Federal District in October 2006 and was originally a sample of video art presented at different venues such as galleries, plazas, museums, universities and festivals.
In 2011. it became an International Festival of Video Art taking the name Close Up Vallarta with its official headquarters in Puerto Vallarta.
The International Video Creation Festival, Close Up Vallarta, is an exhibition of materials ranging from Video Arts from Experimental Video, Dance Video, Video Performance, Experimental Short, Video Animation and everything related to art produced on videotape. It is a forum for the interchange of ideas and the promotion of the media that allows visual approach to experimentation.
Close Up Vallarta offers the opportunity to present new video works by emerging and established artists and not only circulates in museums and galleries, but other areas to reach a wider audience, seeking to release video art from a rigid medium with predetermined speech.
This second edition will be held from May 1 to May 5, 2012, at the Arches of the Malecón, the Centro Universitario de la Costa, Teatro Vallarta and the Cuale Cultural Center. There will be a video projection section of internationally renowned artists, lectures, workshops and a solo exhibition of the artist Coco Fusco from the Haus der Kunst Gallery in New York.
Among the participating artists will be: Michael Nyman, Hector Falcon, Fernando Llanos, Luis Gárciga, Jorge Catoni, Davis Birks, Janler Mendez, Ralf Ziervogel, OFILL Echevarría, Lourdes Martinez, Ruben Mendez, Frank Guiller, Toby Tatum, Ron Rierson and ArianeLittman.
The official opening of the Festival will be held at the Arches on the Malecón on May 2, 2012, at 8:00 pm with a presentation of a video section of internationally renowned artists and live acts with music by Cubenx and Macario and visuals by Chicharito Magnetico.
Program Schedule for Close Up Vallarta
8:00 pm - Haus Der Kunst Gallery (Guerrero 339, Col. Centro) - Opening of exhibition by Michael Nyman. Curator, Pilar Perez.
10:00 pm to 1:00 am - Villa Leonarda (Guerrero 444, Gringo Gulch) - Inaugural cocktail, video projections, live video dance performance choreographed by Yalma Esterlich, video by Isaac Ortiz, music by DJ Luis Echeverria.
11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Edulab Auditorium CUCosta UDG (Av. Universidad #203, Delegacion Ixtapa) - Talk with invited Artists Luz Herrera, Michael Nyman, Hector Falcon, Fernando Llanos and Yair Lopez.
1:30 to 2:30 pm - Edulab Auditorium CUCosta UDG - Projection of videos by invited artists.
8:00 pm - The Arches on the Malecón (Malecon, Col. Centro) - Official opening of the festival with projection of videos by invited artists.
10:00 pm - Sound presentation by DJ Macario and Cubenx, Visuals with Chicharito Magnetico.
11:00 pm - Patio de Mi Casa (Guerrero 331, Col. Centro) - Opening Party
12:00 noon - Centro Cultural Cuale (Aquiles Serdan 437, int 38, Col. Emiliano Zapata) - Lecture by Eva Mendoza and Laura Turegano. Presentation of Region O, New York Latin Video Art Festival. Free entry.
5:00 to 6:30 pm - Centro Cultural Cuale - Presentation of invited festival, Region O, New York Latin Video Art Festival (Section 1). Free entry.
8:00 to 10:30 pm - Teatro Vallarta (Urugray #184, Col. 5 de Diciembre) - Inaugural ceremony, projection of videos from competing categories: video art, video performance and student section. Entry fee is 60 pesos.
11:00 pm - El Dorado Restaurant (Pulpito 102, Playa de los Muertos) - Party and projections.
11:00 am - Centro Cultural Cuale - Lecture by Luz Herrera, "La autoficcion y el video." Free entry.
12:30 pm - Centro Cultural Cuale - Lecture by Fernando Llanos, "Consejos practicos para la autogestion." Free entry.
5:00 to 6:30 pm - Centro Cultural Cuale - Presentation of invited festival, Region O, New York Latin Video Art Festival (Section 2).
8:00 to 10:30 pm - Teatro Vallarta - Projection of videos from competing categories: Video animation, video dance and erotic video art.
11:00 pm - Maratina (Pulpito 120, Zona Romantica) - Party
11:00 am - Centro Cultural Cuale - Lecture by Yair Lopez, "Diferencia entre el valor medido o calculado y el real." Free entry.
12:30 pm - Centro Cultural Cuale - Lecture by Hector Falcon, "Procesos y funciones del video." Free entry.
5:00 to 6:30 pm - Centro Cultural Cuale - Presentation of invited festival, Region O, New York Latin Video Art Festival (Section 3).
8:00 to 10:30 pm - Teatro Vallarta - Projection of videos from competing category of Experimental Shorts, local artists section (Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit), followed by closing ceremony and awards.
11:00 pm - El Solar Bar (Paraguay 1290, Col. 5 de Diciembre) - Closing party.
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