Florence Faculty: Video For New Media

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

Gabriel Barcia-Colombo is an interactive video artist based out of New York City. His work focuses on memorialization and, more specifically, the act of leaving one's imprint for the next generation. While formally implemented by natural history museums and collections (which find their roots in Renaissance era "cabinets of curiosity"), this process has grown more pointed and pervasive in the modern-day obsession with personal digital archiving and the corresponding growth of social media culture. His video sculptures play upon this exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which Barcia-Colombo renders visually by “collecting” human beings (alongside cultural archetypes) as scientific specimens.

Gabriel is a 2012 TED fellow, a member of the artist advisory board for the New York Foundation of the Arts, works in an open studio at the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus circle and has been featured in exhibitions across the globe.