Michelle Romero (Mexico)

Artist Residency

Simulation I /Synthetic Sculpture
From August 18th until October 2nd 2009

3D Animation Formation: September 19th and 20th 2009

Artist talk: September 30th 2009

This project is a work of contemporary art in which innovation and experimentation with the image are combined with social reflection and criticism. It is based on simulation, a technique used in science to reproduce a fragment of reality through the configuration of a model developed by computer-generated mathematical processes in order to learn the structure and behaviour of the system underlying that reality or even to evaluate the effect of bring variables into play.

The work thus uses the tools provided to us by computers to design and model a three-dimensional virtual reality, in the present case in the form of wall paper. To create a parallel universe in which it is possible to apply a texture, carry out rotations and displace and deform at will the elements that make up the pattern of the design, bringing about changes in the evolution of the system in which it will be exhibited following the viewer’s visual experience.

This video-sculpture is the first in a series of installations which combine real materials with 3-D reproductions of patterns of daily use in order to bring about a change in the established social system.

Through the depiction of a fragment of reality in 3-D, virtual universes may be explored by establishing a new relationship between spatial and temporal coordinates, forming an environment in which information is shown from an unknown perspective with respect to volume and its possibilities.

Michelle Romero (Mexicali, Baja California) enquires in an intimate manner into the limitations which traditionally or circumstantially affect our lives and reflects on science and myth using digital and electronic images. She holds an undergraduate degree in communication sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC) and a master’s degree in computer-generated image synthesis and animation from the Universitat de les Illes Balears audio-visual production program. In 2000 she was awarded a bursary from the Agencia española de cooperación internacional, and another in 2007 from the Fondo especial para la culture y las artes de Baja California. She teaches at the Escuela de Artes of the UABC. Her work has been exhibited in Palma de Mallorca, Los Angeles, Tijuana and Mexicali.

Michelle Romero, Invitacion Boda