Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

Book Presentation: "En el principio. Arte, archivos y tecnologias durante la dictadura en Chile"

Tue, February 26, 2013 | ART 3.434

7:00 PM

Sebastian Vidal will present his historiographical work about the documental strategies of Chilean artists during the dictatorship and the early years of democracy. In a highly readable, sharp prose, the author analyzes in depth the use of archives and technologies such as video and computers in contemporary art. Vidal works with paradignmatic cases like the first video performance in Chile, In the Beginning, by Juan Downey and The Aleph Theater Company; the pioneering computer exhibition in Chile, Santiago punto cero, by Gonzalo Mezza; Carlos Flores' En torno al video, an original TV program specialized on video and art; and Satelitenis, a video mail art experience produced by Eugenio Dittborn, Carlos Flores, and Juan Downey. En el principio. Arte, achivos y tecnologias durante la dictadura en Chile is a fundamental book for anyone interested in art history and contemporary art in Chile.

Discussants: Andrea Giunta and Luis Vargas-Santiago

Sebastian Vidal is a PhD candidate in Art History at UT Austin. He has worked as archive researcher at Centro de Documentacion de las Artes at Centro Cultural Palacio La Moneda (2005-2010), lectured at ARCIS, Central, and Diego Portales Universities in Santiago, and published in diverse print and electronic media. He is currently writing his doctoral thesis, The Visual Arts during the Chilean Transition.

For more information, contact the Center for Latin American Visual Studies.

Bookmark and Share


  • Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

    University of Texas at Austin
    SRH 1.310
    2300 Red River Street D0800
    Austin, Texas 78712