Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga
Since the beginning
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

Ricardo Miranda Zuñiga enjoys combining video, animation, the internet and interactivity into sculptural or virtual works that investigate various social issues. Ricardo is based in New York City.
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Breaking News

Wed Sep 23, 2009 00:00 - Wed Sep 23, 2009

United States of America

Breaking News is a two-part project about the re-interpretation of the ceaseless data we call “current events.” The first part is a news literacy workshop initially conducted in Buffalo at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. Children between the ages of seven and eight years old discussed what they consider news, how it disseminates, and recent newsworthy events. They learned to visually deconstruct a newspaper and then reinterpret articles and headlines into drawings and collages. Beyond the pedagogical purpose of the workshop, it served as a means to gather content that informed the second part of the project: the gallery installation.

Based on the premise that we live in a media-saturated world, the project seeks to investigate how young children digest major world events such as Obama’s election, Michael Jackson’s death, Swine Flu - inescapable "realities" that momentarily consume media outlets and seep into our lives. The content generated by the children in the workshop is integrated into the news media visualization presented as part of the gallery installation. The visualization itself consists of a textual feed of current headlines accompanied by computer-rendered illustrations of personalities who have established an understanding of news media in the United States. The illustrations and text help generate new interpretations of what we consider "the news."

The primary component of the installation is the Breaking News application that is built with Processing. The application is projected onto a wall and controlled via a trackball and push button that are embedded into an office work desk. The application displays a series of 2D illustrations of famous news-related personalities wrapped onto a 3D sphere. Behind the portrait is hidden the logo of the broadcast company that the individual is most closely identified with; the trackball allows users to turn the 3D sphere. When the user pushes the button adjacent to the track ball the virtual sphere spins and stops with a randomly selected portrait and logo or with an iconic news photograph. Famous news photographs are interspersed with the news personalities. Below the 3D sphere are real time news feeds from a variety of online sources. The visuals are accompanied by the theme songs from televised news.

Other elements featured as part of the Breaking News installation are a selection of drawings and collages from the workshop, video and printed content used in the workshop to contextualize specific articles, documentation of the workshop itself as well as other related sculptural objects, such as the radio guns previously created for a street performance and now tuned to broadcasting radio news.


Processing Instructor for New Media at Purchase College

Sat May 24, 2008 14:45

Instructor sought for Processing course in the New Media program at Purchase College for Fall 2008

Introduction to Processing:

This course is an upper-level course that introduces the concept of computer programming within the context of the visual arts. The focus of the course is Processing (www.processing.org), a tool to develop images, animation, and interactivity that can be distributed via the web. Related topics such as the open source movement and algorithmic art will be discussed alongside technical training and experimentation. Prerequisite: Computer Science I or Programming Games. The class meets once a week and is currently scheduled Wednesday from 8:30am-12:10pm.

New Media at Purchase College

In the interdisciplinary New Media Program at Purchase College, students learn to interact with digital media both as critical consumers and as active producers. (http://www.purchase.edu/Departments/Admissions/AreasofStudy/ProgramPages/newmedia.aspx).

Founded on the principle that artists and scholars are indispensable to each other and to an enlightened society, Purchase College combines professional conservatory programs in the visual and performing arts and distinguished programs in the liberal arts. The campus is located 20 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County (https://www.purchase.edu/Departments/Transportation/default.aspx).

To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to Brooke Singer (brooke.singer@purchase.edu) by June 1, 2008. Include in your letter if the scheduled course time is acceptable or -- if not -- when you are available to teach during the week. Direct any questions to Brooke Singer as well.


VOTEMOS.US Weekly Video Podcast Now Available

Thu May 01, 2008 00:00 - Thu May 01, 2008

VOTEMOS.US the site that questions what the 2008 U.S. presidential elections would look like if all residents in the U.S. could vote will now feature weekly video interviews with U.S. immigrants and Mexico City residents concerning the presidential elections and general relations between the United States and Latin America.

Although VOTEMOS.US is a Spanish-language site, the videos have English language subtitles so that U.S. citizens may have an insight into the views of their Spanish speaking neighbors within the country as well as those south of the border. The weekly video interviews are available on the site - http://votemos.us/video.php and as a podcast or rss feed - http://votemos.us/index.xml

This week Argentine Jose Antonio Lazzari relaxing in the park Alameda Central located in the historical center of Mexico City states that he would not vote for Obama, Hillary or McCain and he questions who the leftist candidates are in the U.S... Jose Antonio goes on to point out that the United States are controlled by the transnational companies that are making a fortune in Iraq.

We had a lengthy conversation with Jose Antonio Lazzari, a theater actor and educator who runs a free school in Argentina. Sections of this conversation will be published over the next few weeks. Past interviews with NYC undocumented resident Raymundo are also available and all videos will be archived on the site: http://votemos.us/video.php


Moving Forest

Sun Jan 27, 2008 00:00 - Sun Jan 27, 2008

For those of you who would come to berlin for Transmediale08

As part of the 12 hour Moving Forest performance (11:00 -23:00) at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Moving Forest of the People Front calls for an act of insurgency with Berliners for the final FOREST march toward CASTLE takeover Transmediale08.

On February 1 at 19:00
CALL for DS Revolt:go northwest 20 Allied Clearing House [Bundestag]
CALL for Radio Gun Revolt: Symphony of noise [Siegessäule]
CALL for AIR: GAMEoverTAKEoverOVER [JVA Berlin Moabit]
CALL for transmission: autonomous transmitting units [JVA Berlin Moabit]
For those of you who have a few streams of rumblings, disruption, upheaval, turbulence, turmoil and convulsion or simply uplifting, please join backyard radio's CALL for netstreams: Conspire and take remote control

BACKYARD RADIO in association with AKA THE CASLE invites all net streamcasters to join the multi-channel sonic uproar by sending in net streams.
The moving forest - its standing, its moving is floating towards the center of empty wireless power. Conspire with your radio station, sound studio, toy shop, sample archive, live improvisation, mouth poetry, boombox collection. You´ll be streamed, televised, wiretapped, remixed, multiplexed, oversampled, frequency modulated and broadcasted.
Each network sound stream gets on air for 20 minutes slot and mixed into the ensemble stream and microradio broadcast.
SIGN UP for your time slot at http://www.movingforest.net/
write to info@backyardradio.de

Moving Forest presented by AKA the castle
CONSPIRE, Transmediale08
House of World Cultures, Berlin
February 1, 2008
'Moving Forest' is a 12-hour 5 act sonic performance operating with public wifi and mobile technology - an expandable citywide operatic manoeuvre/intervention. Derived from Kurosawa's film version of Macbeth, Spider Web Castle, 'Moving Forest' renders the film's final sequences
(12 minutes in length) into a 12-hour 'sonica' of grand scale. 'Moving
Forest' reinvents a modern edition of a Castle Central (here: the House
of World Cultures) and a city in revolt. Inside the castle, the downfall
of the assumed power; outside in the city, the mobilised urbanites march
with generated sounds of insurgence towards the imaginary Centre.
'Moving Forest' collaborates with sound artists to compose acts and
scores, at the same time, drafts a PD (pure data) conspiracy scheme,
performing live with citywide performance transmitted by wifi.

[AKA the castle] is a temporal performance troop bringing together visual artists, writers, soundists, silk threaders, codedecoders, macromikro, boombox mass, mobile agents, wifi fielders and urbanites to realize the 12 hour Moving Forest.


50,000 Beds opening July 20, 21, 22

Tue Jun 26, 2007 00:00 - Tue Jun 26, 2007

Question: What happens when you turn forty-five video artists loose in forty-five hotel rooms across the State of Connecticut? Answer: the exhibition 50,000 Beds. Organized by artist Chris Doyle, 50,000 Beds commissioned 45 new video works to be exhibited in specially designed "multi-screen" galleries at three venues: Artspace (opening July 20th), Real Art Ways (opening July 21st) and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (opening July 22). The exhibition focuses on the hotel room as a site filled with narrative potential. Familiar yet foreign, a hotel room combines experiences of both intimacy and anonymity. The short videos will show a diverse range of artistic responses and themes. Amongst participating artists are Marina Zurkow, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Eve Sussman, Ricardo Miranda Zuniga, Nina Katchadourian and many more. For details on the exhibition go to: http://www.50000beds.net/