Hector Canonge
Since 2007

Hector Canonge is a New Media artist who lives in New York City where he studied Literature, Film and Interactive Media Technologies. He is the recipient of the 2007 AIM Residency Program at the Bronx Museum of Art where he presented IDOLatries, a New Media Installation exploring feminine iconography on food products through the use of barcode technology. Expanding the use of such technologies, he is at the present working on MUTANATURe, where methods of food production, harvesting, and commercialization are presented in a series of locative interventions. His new site-specific installation, MurosDistópicos / DystopicWalls, was commissioned by the Queens Museum of Art for the exhibition Corona Plaza: Center of Everywhere, on view at Western Union, Corona, through October 2007.

In 2006 he was nominated for the Rockefeller Fellowship in New Media, received a Harvestworks Scholarship, and presented 200mm3, a New Media Installation that incorporates video, laboratory equipment, commercial scanners to present stories about people with HIV/AIDS. The same year, he screened LAVENDER INK, a multimedia project that presents the experiences of gay and lesbian elders, their memories of NYC, and growing up "queer" in America; and ECOscapes, experimental 2 Channel Video that treats the relationship of remembrance and the environment inspired by Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

In 2005, he organized and participated in URBAN INTERFACES V.1, a program that explored the use of open source communication technologies, and presented SONIC BYTES, a psychogeographic collaborative sound-mapping conceptual project, and QUADROLOGYA, a series of experiments dealing with the effects that street intersections have on the perception of the city.

In 2004, his mobile Web based interactive, open source project, CIUDAD TRANSMOBIL was featured at the Queens Museum of Art Biennial, Queens International. He was a guest speaker in the CUNY 2004 Media Conference: Journalism, Media and the Big City, and a presenter of Documentary Intentions in the Age of New Media organized by SUNY, Buffalo, and CUNY, Hunter College (2003).

He has been featured on the Web with projects like CUBOT, MEXICANISMOS, HCVTR, and his video documentary work, GO BOYS, and fiction film, FEAR, have been presented in various national and international film festivals where he received awards and honorable mentions.

He is an adjunct instructor of multimedia at The City University of New York; and teaches part time in the Film & Media Program at the New School University. He has taught media production at Brooklyn Community Access Television; Stop Motion & Visual Animation at Bronx River Arts Center, was an educator-digital game consultant at the Museum of the Moving Image, and conducted a workshop series in 3D Design & Modeling Architecture at the Bronx Museum of The Arts. He is presently leading the ecoMedia Summer Program at BRAC, and working in the development of an online LGBT History Archive with SAGE\Queens. As part of his community initiatives, he started the film program CINEMAROSA -queens only queer film series, funded the non-for profit organization QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development; and is in the process of creating a joint venture for Queen’s First Media Lab.
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parallel grounds

Thu Mar 20, 2008 00:00 - Sat Mar 15, 2008

United States of America

|| | |||| | || | || parallel grounds ||| | || | || | || the most recent installation project by New Media Artist, Hector Canonge, will be introduced as part of the exhibition SPRAWL at the Jersey City Museum.

|| | |||| | || | || parallel grounds ||| | || | || | || explores the relationship, transformations, and adaptations of the natural habitat and man-made environments in the state of New Jersey. Based on geographical data analysis, studies of land use, research on land development, and trough the integration of digital video and commercial bar-code label technology, the project allows visitors to experience various interpolations of urban / industrial, rural / suburban, and residential / commercial terrains.

On view 03|20|08 - 08|24|08 at the Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302


200mm3 at Positive Still: Artists Respond to AIDS

Sat Dec 08, 2007 00:00 - Wed Dec 05, 2007

New Media Project, 200mm3, uses commercial barcode technology and digital video to explore stories about HIV/AIDS in local communities is featured in exhibition Positive Still: Artists Respond to AIDS.

When: Saturday, December 8, 5:30 - 7:00 PM (Artist Talk)
Where: Manhattan WCO Gallery, 19 W 26 Street, 5th Floor
Admissions FREE !

As part of the exhibition Positive Still: Artists Respond to AIDS, New Media Artist, Hector Canonge, talks about his work with people affected by HIV/AIDS, discusses the production of his interactive installation 200mm3, and shares his experiences in promoting AIDS awareness in Queens and NYC in general.

200mm3 is a New Media Interactive Installation that presents personal accounts and stories of people living with HIV/AIDS. Through the use of hand-held scanners, barcode labels, and laboratory equipment, audiences actively discover narratives about the lives, experiences, challenges, memories, and hopes of a group of women, men, and youth affected by the AIDS pandemic. In addition to present stories about the "diseased," 200mm3 reflects on the city's socio-economic, ethnic, gender, racial and educational factors that are unraveled through the intimate portraits featured in the piece.

The panel also includes the presence of Cuban filmmaker, Ivan Arocha; Ashley Grosso of the AIDS Museum, and curator Jorge Daniel Veneciano of Rutgers University. A Closing Reception from 7 to 8 pm will follow the talk.

More information or contact the artist: http://www.hectorcanonge.net



Thu Nov 08, 2007 00:00 - Wed Nov 07, 2007

IDOLatries / IDOLatrias featured in “CINE\_REAL” at el Barrio’s New Media Art Space MediaNoche.

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 8, 7 - 9 PM
Exhibition: November 8 - December 20
Gallery hours: Wed - Sat, 3 - 7 PM. Free Admissions!

As part of MediaNoche’s new exhibition “CINE-REAL” New Media Artist, Hector Canonge, brings to el Barrio, in Spanish Harlem, his much acclaimed interactive installation IDOLatries / IDOLatrías. After its successful presentation at the Bronx Museum of Art, AIM’s Here and Elsewhere Exhibition, where it obtained positive reviews by the New York Times, and its participation in Project Diversity Queens’ Melting Pot Exhibition, IDOLatries will be presented in Manhattan from November 8 to December 20, 2007, at MediaNoche, el Barrio’s New Media Arts non-for profit organization. A talk with the artist is scheduled for Saturday, December 8, 2pm. Free Admissions for all events.

IDOLatries / IDOLatrías, explores the representation of feminine images used on the labels and logos of many Hispanic canned and packaged food products. Canonge declares that “the female archetypes of mother, vamp, saint, or virgin are paired with a products' corresponding commercial barcode label and a visual cinematic narrative which is decoded by the viewer's direct interaction as s/he scans the product.” The installation treats the relationship between established archetypes of female imagery and cultural attitudes of consumption along with universal product codification, UPC, embedded in a product’s barcode label for its commercialization.

1355 Park Avenue (Entrance on East 102nd Street)
New York, NY 10029

Directions by Subway:
Lexington Avenue Local #6 train to 103rd Street. Walk one block west to Park Avenue, turn left to 102 Street.



Thu Oct 04, 2007 00:00 - Fri Oct 05, 2007

Last chance to see Hector Canonge's interactive new media installation, IDOLatries at World Culture Open Center, Koreavillage, Flushing, NY.

Part of the "Melting Pot" exhibition of Project Diversity Queens, IDOLatries explores the representation of feminine images used on the labels and/or logos of many canned and packaged Hispanic food products.

The illustrations or representations of the female archetypes: "mother," "vamp," "saint," or "virgin" on every bottle, canned or package have been paired with a products' corresponding commercial barcode label and a visual cinematic narrative which is decoded by the viewer's direct interaction as she/he scans the product with a commercial barcode scanner.

Details: www.hectorcanonge.net/idolatries
Contact: hector@hectorcanonge.net