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Project: Memory of a Time Twice Lived

Memory of a Time Twice Lived is a video work that merges several filmic genres—music video, documentary, the French avant-garde and science fiction. The project builds a field of relations tying together 20th century mythic heroes, the collection of the Wagner Free Institute of Science, the Mexican luchador El Santo, and the accordion as a nomadic instrument. Shot on location in Philadelphia and Mexico City, this project includes references to the late Chris Marker’s science fiction masterpiece La Jetée (1962) and features an accordionist performing in sites throughout Philadelphia.

Awardee: Angel Nevarez

Emerging Fields, 2009

Mexico City-born Angel Nevarez is a multidisciplinary artist and musician who has been working collaboratively with Valerie Tevere since 2001. Their projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent and public fora. Nevarez and Tevere’s interests lie in the formation of itinerant, performative, and discursive-based social spaces with works that move between the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon political agency through lyrics, audio and transmission. Nevarez had also collaborated with Alex Rivera to produce The LowDrone, an interactive website that melds the lowrider with the predator drone. Initially commissioned for InSITE 2005, The LowDrone is the world’s first flying lowrider. Nevarez studied at the University of California San Diego and was a Studio Fellow at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program where he received the Van Lier Fellowship. 

http://www.nevareztevere.info

Awardee: Valerie Tevere

Emerging Fields, 2009

Valerie Tevere is a multidisciplinary artist and academic who has been working collaboratively with Angel Nevarez since 2001.Their projects and research investigate contemporary music and sound, the electromagnetic spectrum, dissent and public fora. Nevarez and Tevere’s interests lie in the formation of itinerant, performative and discursive-based social spaces with works that move between the spatial simultaneity of performance and enunciation, reflecting upon political agency through lyrics, audio and transmission. Tevere received a BA in Political Science from the University of California San Diego, an MFA in Photography from California Institute of the Arts and she was a Studio Fellow at The Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. She was recently a Mellon Resident Fellow at the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center at CUNY and is Professor of Media Culture at College of Staten Island, CUNY.

http://www.nevareztevere.info