Vital Signs: Toscana

Grand Open House

Twisted Oyster hosted its first public art event at a botanical garden in Tuscany with its curatorial project: Vital Signs!  This exciting iteration of Vital Signs: Art & Mindfulness had the special collaboration of Arianne Urban, who developed a special coaching program that makes use of sound healing techniques and connected the audience to the environment through music. The project was curated in a way that we took the audience through every single station to experience the artworks in view.

The show added the works of Manuela Mancioppi (Italy), Vincenzo Fiore Marrese (Italy), Coral Pereda Serras (Spain) and Hiroya Sakurai (Japan) to the Vital Signs Italy roster: Luftwerk (USA), Alba Soto (Spain), Carlos Garcia Noriega (Mexico), Nicole Dextras (Canada), Zlatko Cosic (former Yugoslavia) and Andrea Trivero (Italy).

 

 

 

 

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Vital Signs, Greece: Hurdles, Perseverance, Success!

May 8, 2019

After ironing out a scheduling discrepancy at the Ionion Center for Arts and Culture, the Vital Signs is finally opening tomorrow!

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CEPHALOS MUNICIPAL CINEMA THEATER

Feature Films:

  • Chasing Coral (USA) – 90 minutes
  • Daughter of the Lake (Peru) – 90 minutes
  • Home
  • A Thirsty World
  • Pacificum (Peru) – 80 minutes
  • Saving Atlantis (USA) – 80 minutes

Shorts:

  • The Man of the Trees (Italy) – 18 minutes
  • Nature: All Rights Reserved (Netherlands) – 22 minutes
  • On Destruction and Preservation (Finland) – 33 minutes
  • Greetings from Kropsdam (Netherlands) – 24 minutes
  • Fragile Dreams (Canada) – 20 minutes
  • Becoming Visible (South Africa) – 33 minutes
  • Grassland (USA) – 20 minutes

X-Shorts: Experimental/Video Art

  • Ascend Descend (Canada/USA) – 8 minutes
  • The Stream VIII (Japan) – 7 minutes
  • Waiting for Spring (Canada/Greece) – 6 minutes
  • In My Nature (South Africa) – 4 minutes
  • Un-Polute – Dirty Look (USA/Yugoslavia (former)) – 7 minutes

 


 

ART SHOW – IONION CENTER FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

Colectivo Zamba Canuta  (Peru)

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UNU|I Pitch, You Pitch… – Video art installation (06:40)

Luftwerk (USA)

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The White Wanderer – Sound art installation (04:44)

Marina Leybishkis (Uzbekistan/USA)

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The Sea of Lost – Archival documentation, video, photography

Alba Soto (Spain)

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Las Flores Caen, Las Manos Se Levantan – Video art installation (11:32)

 

Carlos Garcia Noriega (Mexico)

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Lagrimas del Sol – Video art installation (08:46)

Claire Pope (USA)

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Sacred Round – Mixed Media

Joseph Carr (USA)

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Ark Immemorial – Multimedia installation and augmented reality

Lisa Barcy (USA)

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The Disrupters – Mixed media with LED

Miguel Sbastida (Spain)

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Racetrack – Video and photography installation (02:06)

Patricia RAIN Gianneschi (USA)

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Out There in the Sky – Video installation (02:11)

Inkyoung Bae  (USA)

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Never Be the Same – Real-time interactive documentary/Durational

Peter Wittenberg (USA)

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All Possible Futures – Experimental Animation (03:50)

Fiona Tinwei Lam (Scotland)

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Plasticnic – Animation (01:16)

STUDIO NEWS 2019, A Year Ahead

PIA CRUZALEGUI STUDIO NEWS 2019

CURATORIAL ARTS:

GREECE

It gives me great joy and satisfaction what I am about to announce:

Twisted Oyster was selected among hundreds of proposals for an iteration of Vital Signs at Ionion Center for Arts and Culture in Kefalonia Island in Greece, primarily showing works in response to climate change in the Mediterranean region. In addition, I will conduct a 14-day master class on the Immersive Sensorial Art Practice,  a two part master class exploring the differents mediums and mechanisms in which to create artworks that can be compelling through the use of technology, and unpacks ideas on how the artistic application of activist principles could bring about significant change.

 

ITALY & MEXICO

Another great announcement is that Twisted Oyster has partnered with some amazing artists and venues to expand its program now including Artist Residencies in Italy and Mexico. For 2019, Twisted Oyster will host three residencies encompassing three important aspects of my practice as an independent curator and artist: Art, Mindfulness, Community, Environment. The newly added Residencies Program aim to continue the conversation ignited by the successful Vital Signs exhibition last July. All residencies allow opportunities to exhibit, engage with the local community, artists presentations of their work, critique, excursions… in other words a full immersive experience.

 

Residency open call:

 

MIAMI

And yes! I have decided to tryout the art fair circuit.

In the past I have participated as an artist and this time I will take it a notch higher after my participation in 2018’s Aqua. This fair is hip, it hosts innovative galleries, curators and artists from all over the world. It is one of the hottest fairs during Art Basel/Miami Art Week.

Please send me an email to express your interest to participating. I seek to curate 1 or 2 spaces. This is a salon style curatorial project.

 

CHICAGO

Art Center Highland Park has invited me to host a Seminar titled, Art and Activism, Art as Activism, in the spring and a summer Podcast Pop Up preceding an actual workshop.

More to come.

Hairpin Art Center welcomes a video art exhibition: 5 years of Twisted Oyster. I am super excited to finally connect in this beloved neighborhood.

 

VISUAL ARTS:

I will be documenting immigrant stories. Yes!

As part of the group show, I AM American, an exhibition project curated by Sergio Gomez, I have been invited to participate in “American Stories in the Making”, collecting stories for the museum’s archival collection. The beauty of this project is that it aligns with a new body of work in my practice.

 

  • I AM American opens, March 8, 2019, 6:00-10:00 pm at the Freeport Art Museum, in Freeport, IL

  • American Stories in the Making, film and photo production event, takes place on March 16, 2019 from 10:00-3:00PM – This project is open to the public. Want to tell your story? Contact the museum to register.

  • Read more about the exhibition here.

 

OTHER UPCOMING 2019 SHOWS:

 

FEBRUARY – MARCH

Chicago Art Department is hosting a group show organized by Galina Shevchenko. Bodies: Material & Digital; Substances & Containers.

I will present an iteration of #ListenUp, a site specific multimedia installation that makes use of found objects, video and sound to contrast current events.

Show opens February 8, 2019 (6-10 PM) – Artist Dialogue on February 9, 2019 (5-7 PM) – Closing February 22 (6-10 PM)

 

Woman Made Gallery has accepted the triptych series of Rojo Rosa Rosado (2018) for their upcoming show Refreshing Feminism. Rojo Rosa Rosado reacts and joins contemporary tensions questioning the colonization of the Latin American feminine culture.

This show opens February 22, 2019 (6-8 PM)

APRIL

Marin Gallery has invited me to show Rojo Rosa Rosado for their April opening. Details to follow.

 

NOVEMBER – DECEMBER

Northwestern University has invited me to show new work. I am presently researching the theme of this show.

 

OTHER OPEN CALLS:

 

MASTER & WORKSHOP CLASSES

Spring 2019:

  • Art Center Highland Park, February – March, Art and Activism, Art as Activism Seminar

  • Ionion Center for Arts and Culture, May 3-9, Immersive Sensorial Art & the Social Practice

Summer 2019:

  • Highland Park Art Center, (TBD) – Podcast Pop Up – Summer 2019

SHOUT OUT:

I want to express my immense gratitude to some of artists, colleagues and friends who have demonstrated their trust in me in my quest for professional growth. Your wisdom, actions and words mean a world to me!

 

That’s all folks!

@PíaCruzalegui

@TwistedOyster

 

NEWSLETTER – JANUARY 2019

New Artist Residency by Twisted Oyster

 

ITALY & MEXICO

January 2019 – Twisted Oyster kicks off a series of residencies. Another great announcement is that Twisted Oyster has partnered with some amazing individuals and creatives to expand its program to host Artist Residencies in Italy and Mexico. In 2019, The newly added Residencies Program aim to continue the conversation ignited by the successful Vital Signs exhibition last July.

In a conversation with Pia Cruzalegui, she said, “In 2018, Twisted Oyster introduced Vital Signs, a poignant sensorial exhibition on Climate Change, and for 2019, Twisted Oyster continues to carry its message of concern for the Planet’s environment by inviting artists to connect or reconnect with nature, interact with locals, learn about environmentally driven activities like farming or botany… As with every project I lead, I aim to open a dialogue through art by providing opportunities to exchange ideas, have an intimate experience with a community through a wholesome approach, and to broaden our understanding through social and cultural engagements.”

Visit the page here: https://twistedoysterfilmfestival.com/residencies/

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Twisted Oyster to Open in Greece

 

kefalonia (2)December 2018. Twisted Oyster 2019 will open in Kefalonia Island, Greece. Twisted Oyster was selected among hundreds of proposals for an iteration of Vital Signs in Greece. Ionion Center for Arts and Culture in will be the host of the festival opening call to international artists and filmmakers whose work focuses on the environment and the environment. This year’s festival will focus on the Mediterranean region. In addition to the show, Twisted Oyster founder and director, Pia Cruzalegui, will conduct a 14-day master class on the Immersive Sensorial Art Practice,  a two part master class exploring the different mediums and mechanisms in which to create artworks that can be compelling through the use of technology, and unpacks ideas on how the artistic application of activist principles could bring about significant change.

MASTER CLASS: Interested in attending the masterclass please contact: info@ionionartscenter.gr , Subject: Immersive Sensorial Art Practice by Pia Cruzalegui Or fill out this form

To submit a film or new media work:

 

Twisted Oyster 2018: Vital Signs

Festival Dates: July 20 – August 5
Location: Zhou B Art Center, Chicago, IL

Miami, FL (Date and venue TBA)

Submit films through: FilmFreeway.com/TwistedOysterFilmFestival

This year’s theme: Vital Signs

The 2018 Twisted Oyster Film and Time-based Art Festival will place its focus on the environment and the impact of climate change on the planet. The festival will be a platform to drive awareness with an impactful exhibition that brings forward works that speak to this concern. This year’s theme, Vital Signs, reflects on the ongoing climatological crisis the delicate state of the planet and will invite an audience to enjoy its magnificent beauty and paralleled decay.

The observable effects resulting from the increase in global mean temperature has caused glaciers to melt, coral reefs to die, rivers to shrink, animals to shift behaviors and trees to flower sooner. The human induced gases and warming are causing the planet’s sea ice to melt rapidly, accelerating the rise of sea levels and experiencing more intense heat waves and drastic temperature changes. The idea for this year’s exhibition derives from an individual and global concern to broaden awareness to the current state and continuous deterioration of the earth’s sensitivity to human actions.

2018 was declared International Year of the Reef and last year the United States was pulled out of the Paris Agreement. Doing nothing on climate change is irrational and reversing its non-participatory status is impossible for now, but we cannot stay numb or paralyzed. A significant number of organizations, private firms, some of the world’s biggest businesses and average individuals from all corners of the world are taking action with the understanding that climate change is good for everyone.

The primary goal is to promote understanding of the importance of preservation, create awareness of present realities, be conscious that we need these natural features alive and active, and help implement measures that can help us reactivate or retain some lost resources. Take for example a coral reef: besides containing one of the most diverse ecosystems in the planet, they protect coastlines and a habitat to fish species. Climate change, wastewater and fossil fuel pollution, careless tourism and overfishing has impacted these habitats, produced mass-bleaching and decay where marine species are disappearing and oceans are becoming more acidic affecting an entire food chain. There is value in preserving the ocean, it produces 50-80% of the oxygen we breath, we depend on its ecosystem, and yet, we continue to dump 300 tons of waste per day. If the reefs disappear it would be disastrous in the tropics, large coastal regions will disappear and an entire economies will be affected significantly.

The films and video art presented throughout the duration of the exhibit will tease the imagination and express a profound impact. The show will entertain and cultivate ideas that enlighten and unify a diverse, rich and enthusiastic community while promoting a continued understanding through the language of art.

 

TOFF 2017 Official Selections: Film, Video and Installation Art

October 9, Chicago Illinois – This year, the Twisted Oyster Film Festival received nearly 100 submissions including shorts, feature films and video artworks from all over the world between June and September. Thirteen films have been shortlisted to take part in this year’s film screening official selection. The selected filmmakers are: Kym McDaniel, Angela Pinaglia, Mira Steinzor, Rie Ito-Hiraka and ChristinaSchnabel, Sarah Lasley, Lana Caplan, Jessica Jacobs, Natalie Kennedy, Valentina Manzoni, Ajla Yee, Nina Hoechtl, Pamela J. Peters, Shayna Connelly and Ena Sendijarev.

All films will be screened at Comfort Station, 2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647, October 14 (6-8 PM) and October 21 (6-8 PM).

Art show: Installation and video works by Alena Ahrens, Kioto Aoki, Crystal Beiersdorfer, Susan Krueger-Barber, Marina Leybishkis, Janice Marin, Rezvan Rosouli, Lilach Schrag, Erin Schalk, Sheila Scoville, Galina Shevchenko, Evi Stamou, Arielle Tonkin, J Turk. We will have an intervention performance by  an artist who will remain anonymous. The show will open at Art NXT Level Projects/33 Contemporary Gallery, 1029 W 35 Street (4th Floor), Chicago, IL 60609, October 20 7-10
About Twisted Oyster Film Festival

Twisted Oyster Film Festival (TOFF) is an organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of artists and filmmakers, and recognizes their contributions to time-based media art forms and film. TOFF seeks to showcase and promote the work of aspiring and established artists and filmmakers by providing unique opportunities for engagement, cultural events and enhancing access, awareness and participation of a dynamic community.

www.twistedoysterfilmfestival.com

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TOFF Announces – Festival Kickoff Party in Logan Square

Chicago, Illinois- October 4, 2017 – The Twisted Oyster Film Festival proudly presents their 3rd Film Festival Kick Off Patty on Friday, October at Your Happy Place on Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square. This free event will be held from 6-9pm. Your Happy Place Liquors will offer wine and beer tastings and a great party atmosphere. Come and Party with a Purpose!

At this year’s TOFF Kick-Off Party, we will raise extra funds by getting friends to participate in a Raffle, which will feature wine and beer. You will also be able to purchase your tickets there or online here.


For more information on the festival’s Kick-Off Party at Your Happy Place (2501A N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647) please visit our website: http://www.twistedoysterfilmfestival.com or call YHP (773) 414-1241

About Twisted Oyster Film Festival

Twisted Oyster Film Festival (TOFF) is an organization dedicated to furthering the art and craft of artists and filmmakers, and recognizes their contributions to time-based media art forms and film. TOFF seeks to showcase and promote the work of aspiring and established artists and filmmakers by providing unique opportunities for engagement, cultural events and enhancing access, awareness and participation of a dynamic community.

www.twistedoysterfilmfestival.com

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Call for Time-based Artworks

CALL FOR TIME BASED ART WORKS: Twisted Oyster Film Festival invites artists to submit works to be included in the Festival’s grand event, an exhibition of Video, Installation and New Media Art. The exhibition will be displayed at 33 Contemporary/Art NXT Level for three weeks, with the opening occurring on Friday evening, October 20. It is expected that the artwork will be viewed by 300-400 people or more during the entire period of the exhibition.

Now in its third year, the Twisted Oyster Film Festival leads the way in search of works that push the boundaries of content and narrative with a mission to bridge culture, society and technology. For 2017, we seek to highlight women creators, directors and artists from all over the world, whose works are meaningful, innovative and go in tandem with our times.

The theme for this year’s art is The Power of the Feminine and all artists submitting work must identify with the pronoun she/her/they.

Submission deadline: September 22, 2017

TOFF: Reel Community, Reel Adventure!

Are you ready?

The Twisted Oyster Film Festival recognizes the talents of emerging video artists and filmmakers from around the globe, and aims to bring to light new talent and storytellers interested in diverse subjects from personal narratives to social and cause related themes.

The Festival brings auteurs to its annual screenings of films from around the world. This year’s program will include a video art exhibition, experimental, fiction, documentary, horror, suspense and animation shorts. The festival celebrates video, filmmaking and storytelling, and provides an opportunity to network with seasoned and emerging producers, directors and other media professionals.

Every year we look for works that are innovative, break taboos, are cosmopolitan, political, social, sensitive, serious, absurd, joyful and mostly poetic. The global human status is worrisome. We inhabit a world of chaos where security control predominates, we find ourselves in dismay of social and political differences and misconceptions, in fear of governments, foreigners and migrations, misunderstanding of religious beliefs, threatened civil liberties, and desires of emancipation from despot authorities and civil chaos.

The 2016 Twisted Oyster Experimental Film Festival seeks videos and short films that use imagery, language or themes with a poetic approach. In a world of differences poetry in moving images can be catalyst for unity, conversation and transformation. We look for excellence in cinematography, screenplay and post production.We expect the 2nd edition of our festival to be contagious and unstoppable, inventive, rich, conscious and provocative. With that said, we look forward your wonderful works and we will inform selections by the end of October 2016.

FILM FESTIVAL EVENT SCHEDULE

Opening Night: November 18, 2016 – ACS Gallery at the Zhou B. Art Center in Bridgeport.

6:00 PM – Welcome reception – By invitation only – Light appetizers and beverages

  • Preview of shorts from the Festival Official Selection and Nominees
  • Hear about our Special Guests and Panels
  • Meet and greet

7:00 PM – Art center opens doors to the public

  • Video Art and Micro Cinema Showcase:  November 18, 2016 – December 8, 2016

Logan Square Screenings: December 1 -2, 2016 – Comfort Film at Comfort Station 

December 1st, 2016 – 9:00 PM and December 2nd, 2016 – 7:30 PM ***(Detailed Programming to follow)***

  • Animation
  • Horror/Suspense
  • Shorts longer than 10 minutes

In addition to an amazing programming and through out the three week duration of the Film Festival, TOFF will host a Video Art and Experimental Short Films Day aimed to a young audience. Learn more here.

So, are you ready for exciting shorts? Check this page continuously as it will be edited often.

Cheerfully,

Pia Cruzalegui and Kinetic Art Projects

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