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Marisa González born in Bilbao
Degree in piano at the Music Conservatory in Bilbao.
1967 -1971
Graduate at the School of Fine Arts 1971 in Madrid
Master Program at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
At SAIC, she specializes in the area of video and photography, and joins the
Generative Systems department, a pioneer centre in the investigation of art and
technology thanks to the strength of its founder and theorist, Sonia Sheridan.
It is in this department where she discovers the languages and tools which will
open new roads of experimentation and development of her own artistic languages.
This first stay in the United States coincides with the active student movements
against the Vietnam War in which she actively percolated.
She moved to Washington D.C. and graduate again at the Corcoran School of Art
in 1977 with a BFA and the Senior prize. She had several solo shows then and she
made her first video at the Washington projects for the Arts.
In 1977 She has her first solo exhibition in Spain in her native Bilbao art gallery
call Aritza
She moves to Madrid
In January, she had her first solo exhibition in Madrid: “Presences”, at the AELE
Gallery, and at the first ARCO Art Fair in 1982.
1983 -1986
She worked with the photocopiers using the “Light Painting” technique. The series
were shown in Spain at the Santander Fine Arts Museum, among others.
She created new series. Thus, the machine turns into the translator of the elements
placed on the colour copier's glass.
These pieces were presented at he “Processes Culture and New Technologies”
exhibition at the Centro de Arte Reina Sofia first opening Museum inauguration,
together with her first digital work “Self-portraits” created with the technology
that Sonia Sheridan presents in this exhibition with the Photo-Video-Computer
digital equipment. Participates this year in the “Making Waves” Art and Sciences
Symposium, invited by Sonia Sheridan in Chicago.
Join the new board of directors of Madrid's Artist Association.
From 1983 to 1990 She joins the first board of directors, which transformed
Madrid's Circle of Fine Arts. She promoted the I and II International Video Festival
of Madrid's Circle of Fine Arts, in 1984 and 1986.
She creates the series of musical scores written by contemporary composers.
With Javier Darias´s music scores she creates the installation “Light in three times”
in 1990, at the Alcoy Cultural Center, and at the Eusebio Sempere Centre's Gravina
Palace both in Alicante. It was included in the program for the Alicante International
Contemporary Music Festival.
Around the year 1990, she decides to recycle her own iconography; the
representation through the fragmentation, manipulation, simulation, serialization
and metamorphosis, both of images and of meanings”.
Together with the development of these modular series, she participates in
numerous Fax -Art activities, mainly international with the Sorbonne University of
Paris PHD group Art-Reseaux directed by Karen O´Rourke.
She presents the modular piece made up of 10 units A1 “Semblance to Juan Gris”
in the international exhibition “Variaciones en Gris” organized by the Fundación Art
and y Technology in Madrid. Here she uses, the newly invented, large format Canon
Bubble jet A1 photocopier (ink injection impression).
She directs the workshop “Creation and Technology” in Madrid's Círculo de Bellas
Artes. In this Workshop, the last week she presents the “computer-workshop-
concert time space” together with her partners John Dunn, Sonia Sheridan and
Jamy Sheridan.
She is named Generative Systems “Network” by Sonia Sheridan in Spain.
With her students from this workshop, she creates the installation “Estación Fax-
Fax Station” with an international participation in real time, from over 20 countries
in the “Crisis-Culture-Crisis” exhibition at Madrid's Circle of Fine Arts.
Her new digital works are done with an important recycled device: the obsolete
and out-dated computer from the 80's, the Lumena,; a personal computer, PCxt,
with only 512K, granted by Sonia Sheridan, and whose photo-video computer
system contains a powerful and versatile software invented by Sonia´s pupil
from Generative Systems John Dunn which allows the artist numerous projects
as the one shown at the Bilbograph 95 in Bilbao's Rekalde Gallery, an interactive
workshop and an international “Estación Fax-Fax Station” calling, on the
theme: “Individual body, social body, infected body, contaminated body”.
During these years, with the same Lumena equipment, she does another
series “the clones” she will present on different supports (digital photography,
slide projections and video installations) and which will be shown in various
exhibitions. “Broken Dreams-Broken Silence” in the Art Fair ARCO 95. Tarazona
Foto International Photography Festival. Gijon Photography Festival and Huesca-
She obtains the Zurbarán Prize of the Junta de Extremadura.
Also in 1995, in Montreal and together with Sonia Sheridan and Nell Tenhaaf
among others, she participates at the exhibition “What happened to the pioneers?
Celebrated at the Galerie Arts Technologiques, during ISEA International
Symposium for Electronic Arts, with a lecture at the Quebec University.
A new installation, “The Mirror of the Clones” at the exhibition “Echoes of Matter”,
dialogues between Spanish and Portuguese artists”, in Badajoz's MEIAC, and Reales
Atarazanas in Valencia, curated by José Ramón Danvila.
She made a video installation in the contemporary opera “Scenes from daily
life”, by Gregorio Esteban, with music by Marisa Manchado. Was premier at the
Abadía´s Theater during Madrid's Autumn Festival. A new version will come from
these images: The electronic video opera poem “Dreams”, with music by Pedro
The series Deviations and Deviations II, photographs of deformed lemons, these
photographs are a reference to the human body. “Deviation II, strawberries”, the
malformations through digital manipulation. She shows parts of this series in ARCO
2000 Art Fair, Deviations II”, a modular panel of 15 photographs and an interactive
“The Factory”. She witnessed the demolition and disappearance of the largest
flour and bread factory during the XX Century in Bilbao. She made series of
hiper photographic landscapes out door and indoor, and 4 installations “The
Silo”, “The Luminaries”, and an interactive CD-ROM and a video installation in three
syncronized screens. This project was enlarged in the web with an interactive Net
Art. This project has been produce and exhibited at The Foundation Telefonica in
Madrid in the official section at the International Festival of Photography PH00 in
This exhibition “The Factory” was travelling all along Spain, to Vitoria at the III
International Seminar of Industrial Arquitecture. Bilbao Sala Rekalde, and Pamplona
at The Horno de la Ciudadela, the installation called, "memory and destruction".
“The Nuclear Plant LEMONIZ”. Again in Bilbao, she witnessed the dismantling of
the Nuclear Plant LEMONIZ. This huge industrial complex, built in the 70´s, never
got to function by different matters, among them political and ecological ones.
She could enter in the secluded and controlled demolition area, with cameras, she
records the monumental spaces, and rescue objects in order to use them to make
several installations. With all of this material she built the new extensive project
call “the Central Nuclear”.
The project has been built in 3 phases, the first one is about security and is call
Nuclear LMNZ /control mechanisms. Produce and exhibited in a solo show at the
Burgos Contemporary Art Center CAB, in Spain in 2004.
Videos, installations and photographs from this project have been travelling
to international art Fairs and exhibitions, The contemporary International Art
ARCO/ Sao Paolo Art Fair, Paris Photo Musum, MEIAC in Badajoz/ ZKM Kalsrue
Germany/ International Photo Biennal Bamako Mali/ National Museum in Kinsasa/
Vanguardia Gallery in Bilbao / Evelyn Botella Gallery in Madrid etc....
Net Art. She is working on a new Net Art project with the Institute Cervantes
Virtual about the Spanish language call “ Palabras corrientes/Palabras vivas”. It was
shown in situ at the Institute Cervantes Beijing, Institute Cervantes New York, and
Institute Cervantes Madrid.
The one hour documentary “Ellas Filipinas” and the exhibition “ Female open space
invaders” are her last project about the Filipino women working as domestic helpers
in Hong Kong. She made several trips to make this new project with interviews to
them in Hong Kong and to their families in The Philippines.
Marisa González’s work maintains various constants, both formal and
conceptual which can be perceived in practically all her pieces, and with a
common denominator:
The use of technology (together with the necessary
social conscience) and the recycled, with the help of instruments of her time:
photography, electrography, video and computer. By her experience and work
we can define her as a multimedia artist and one of the pioneers in the art and
technology research.
She has participated in numerous international art fairs
In ARCO Madrid annually since its inception/ Koln Art Fair/ Fiac in Paris/ Paris
Photo/ Feira SP Arte de Sao Paulo Brasil/ CIGE Contemporary Art fair in Beijing/
LOOP Video Art fair Loop Barcelona.
Her works have been included in important exhibitions 2010 at Tinag Festival/
Para Site Art Space Hong Kong/ 2009 International Fax Exhibition, The Drawing
Center, New York/ CIGE, Spanish Video at Contemporary Art Fair in Beijing/ BAC
video Festival in Barcelona Fundacion Miro y CCCB/ 2008 “The Discreet Charm of
Technology” ZKM, Karlsruhe, Alemania/ Sintopias” Instituto Cervantes de New York
and Beijing/ “City Signs” CAAC Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla/
“Architecture of everyday life” Museum Hanoi revolution in Hanoi, Vietnam/ The
Human Landscape, National Museum Kinsasa Democratic Republic del Congo /
Photo International African Biennal Bamako2005 Mali, Spain guest country/ Photo
poetics in the digital era, Centro Conde Duque de Madrid/ The metamorphosis of
the hand, Centro Cultural Recoleta Buenos Aires Argentina/ Echoes of the Matter,
Museum MEIAC Badajoz and at Reales Atarazanas in Valencia/ What Happened
to the Pioneers?, Galería Arts Technologiques at ISEA, Montreal/ Le dernier
Souper de Leonardo da Vinci, 13 international artists, Paul Bianchini, Galerie
Toner, París/ Postmodernism, International Exhibition 8 artists, Galería Shinsegae,
Seúl/ Performance de Binarización, Documenta Kassel “Human memory twentieth
century” Alemania./ ComputerArt 98 at Museum der Stadt, Gladbeck, Dresden and
Ibbenbilden, Germany/ 1986 “Processes Culture and New Technologies” Centro de
Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
Her work is represented among others collections
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia de Madrid/ ARTIUM de Vitoria/ CAB de
Burgos/ Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes de Santander/ Chase Manhattan Bank
Coleccition New York/ Museo Internacional Salvador Allende Chile/ Colección de
Arte de Telefónica Spain/ Paul Bianchini Coleccition Museés de Sens Francia/
Colección Helga de Alvear/ Fundación Vila Casas Barcelona/ CGAC Centro Gallego
de Arte Contemporáneo/ MACBA Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona/
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Madrid.