Cuppetelli + Mendoza [US]

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Cuppetelli and Mendoza. Photo Cuppetelli and Mendoza (7)
Cuppetelli und Mendoza. LICHTROUTEN Luedenscheid 2013. Photo Jennifer Braun (8)
Cuppetelli und Mendoza. LICHTROUTEN Luedenscheid 2013. Photo Jennifer Braun (5)
Cuppetelli and Mendoza. Referential Works. Photo Cuppetelli and Mendoza (3)
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Dennis Building (TBA) // Cuppetelli + Mendoza: in:: Sequence / Notional Field (Halifax v.2)

Notional Field is an ongoing series of installations that explore ideas of perception and participation, combining concepts and aesthetics of Kinetic and Op Art with interactive digital technologies.

Each installation consists of a sculpture composed of hundreds of vertical elements that are illuminated with a computer-generated video projection, but in this iteration of the project the sculpture consists of an entire side of a building. The projection itself consists of hundreds of lines that react to viewer movement, transforming your motions into forces that affect and influence the movement of the lines in the projection. These moving lines then cause rippling moiré patterns on the sculpture, creating a visual experience that combines the physical and the virtual.

Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza
develop responsive sculptures that focus on the interference of textiles structures and graphical digital animation. They already participated in //RESPONSIVE 2017 Light Art Festival and will return with 2 site specific installations this year.

“By not only mapping the object but by mapping the viewer as well, Cuppetelli and Mendoza realize works that are responsive to their audience. The full range of properties of their body of work shows when visitors not only view but also move and interact in front of the installation. The installations respond to their viewers with change. They translate the viewer’s movement into their setting and allow a playful exploration to unfold …”

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Annica Cuppetelli + Cristobal Mendoza

Detroit-based Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza began collaborating as Cuppetelli and Mendoza in 2010. They create installations and objects that combine physical elements with digital technologies, composing sensual, immersive and dynamic experiences. Their aesthetic approach references mid-century art movements such as Kinetic Art, Op Art and Light Art.

Their work has been the focus of solo exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum, Logistics Fine Arts (Miami, FL), Red Bull House of Art (Detroit, MI), Muskegon Museum of Art (Muskegon, MI), Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA), and Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN). They have participated in many group exhibitions and festivals around the world, including Nemo Festival (Paris, France), Scopitone (Nantes, France), ISEA, FILE (SP, Brazil), the Light Art Festival »Ascents« (Stuttgart Cultural Region), Lichtrouten (Luedenscheid, Germany), LIGHT LINE (Center MARS Abrau, Russia), Bienal de Video y Artes Mediales in Chile, DLECTRICITY (Detroit, MI), Currents (Santa Fe, NM), among others. Their work is also in public and private collections. In 2015 they were awarded a Kresge Arts in Detroit Visual Art Fellowship. Cuppetelli received her MFA in Fibers from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Mendoza received his MFA in Digital + Media from the Rhode Island School of Design.

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