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Natalia Rivera

Media Art and Design

The Spirit of the Hive

Interactive Collective Installation

Bogotá 2016

Echoes

Interactive Installation

Bogotá 2014

History Fades in Colours

Light Installation

Bogotá 2014

Vítreo Technologies

Interactive Narrative

Berlin / Bogotá 2015 -2016

Colorful Conversations

Interactive Installation

Bogotá 2013

Transformable Space

Video Concept

Bogotá 2012

Distiller of the Self

Interactive Sculpture

Berlin 2016

En Búsqueda Bogotá

Transmedia Narrative

Bogotá 2014

The Vítreo Technologies experience narrates a science fiction story that takes place in the city of Bogota in an internal space digitally  interconnected, fragmenting the narrative in diverse media and languages. The narrative requires an active participation of the spectator and develops according to their abilities. Once the participant enters the space becomes the protagonist of the story guided by an smartphone application as the main interaction media, receiving challenges that will lead him to unlock multimedia content responsible for narrating the foundation of the story, and to constantly explore the space.


The interactions with the physical components of the space are based on the use of NFC tags whose reading can unlock contents in the application, activate the operation of other components or the interrelation between screens. The player then tour the lab looking for clues with the help of the application and reorganizes pieces of the props to follow the story. The experience is shaped like a kit that contains the main components and that facilitates the transportation and the installation to diverse places. The main application is developed for Android devices and the secondary or control center is a web platform.

  • Project developed with the support of the Study Scholarship for Foreign Graduates in the field of Visual Communication of the DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service. 2015 -2016.
  • Tutor: Joachim Sauter. Designer and Media Artist in ART+COM and Professor at the Berlin University of Arts. 
  • Participant project at the First New Media Lab organized by the Creative Commons Film and New Media Festival of Bogotá. Nov. 2016.

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Vítreo Technologies

Interactive Narrative

Berlin / Bogotá 10.2015 - Now

Distiller of the Self is an interactive sculpture that creates a dialogue with the participant, from a scientific point of view, about its own perception of the soul concept. Using a mobile application, the artwork reads the person’s heartbeat and represents it initially animated on the screen and afterward as a beating light inside the glass sculpture. The dialogue takes part through the same application, which depending on the participant’s ideas might distill the lighting representation and transform it into a drop of water that evaporates when falling inside the Erlenmeyer, representing in this way a transition from beliefs to scientific thinking.


The scientific posture of this installation is based on the Colombian neuroscientist Rodolfo Llinás and his book “I of the Vortex: From Neurons to Self”. My interest in the soul’s perception is focused on the behaviors that this determines on the people and with them, the social relations that beliefs can structure. Without an intention to give an answer to such a relevant question or define an ideal posture, the installation drives on an introspective reflection and an evaluation of the relation with the environment and with others, daring people to evaluate the real base of discrimination, inequality and, with that, the base of conflict.

Distiller of the Self

Interactive Sculpture

Berlin 11.2015 - 02.2016

  • Installation developed at the Advanced Digital Class of the Berlin University of Arts. Oct. 2015 a Feb. 2016. Berlin, Germany. 
  • Presented at the annual exhibition "Rundgang" of the Berlin University of Arts.  Jul-2016.
  • Exhibited at the XVI International Image Festival of Manizales / ISEA 2017.  Jun.2017. Manizales, Colombia. 
  • Project Exhibited at the XIV International Image Festival of Manizales. Category: Media Art. Mar. 2015
  • Invited Project at the 12 Shortfilm Festival Bogoshorts. Category: BogoshortsMIX. Dec. 2014
  • Invited Project at the 1º Creative Commons Film Festival of Bogotá. Sept. 2014
  • Winning project of the Call of the Instituto Distrital de las Artes (District Institute of Arts) IDARTES and the district Cinematheque “Cinematheque Grant to Create Transmedia Narratives.” Jun. 2014.
  • Project Developed by Mutante.Lab Collective 2014. 

En Búsqueda Bogotá (Searching in Bogota) is an audiovisual transmedia project which takes the streets to tell the story of a biosafety multinational called Vítreo, a great company that hides behind its facade the biggest cyber criminal band of the country. 


The interaction is given from a web application for smartphones that initially contains an E-Book that will guide participants on a tour around the city to find different tracks and continue the development of the story. The city turns into the perfect scenario for a futuristic universe mixed between utopian and dystopian that within its walls has a high-tech world which only a few can achieve. 


The experience took place from September 2014 to January 2015 in Bogotá D.C.

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En Búsqueda Bogotá

Transmedia Narrative

Bogotá 2014

Echoes is a large-scale light instrument made up of drums of various sizes that when touched by people generate sounds from outer space. The participants are immersed in a great environment of light and sound that allows them to walk over or through the drums, while generating a collective soundscape.

Echoes

Interactive Installation

Bogotá 2014

  • Installed at the second Nuit Blanche in Bogotá. Sept. 2014.
  • Winner of the Creation Grant "Arteusaquillo Multicolor" of the local Mayoralty of Teusaquillo. sept. 2014
  • Light Installation developed by the Group Punto.Lab formed by: Margarita González, Sergio Bautista, Pedro Mendoza and Natalia Rivera. Bogotá - Sept. 2014

“History fades in Colours” is an installation that commemorates three historical events in the Plaza de Bolivar in Bogotá. In 1810, the brawl which led to Colombia’s independence, in April 1948 the “Bogotazo”, which started after the Liberal leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitán was murdered, and finally in November 1985 the take and retake of the Courthouse by the guerrilla group M-19 (April 19 Movement).


Participants relive these events in the room when the RGB light changes and transport them in time, the murals attach themselves to the walls of the museum hiding what they have to tell and once lit with a particular color reveal the iconic images of each event.


This installation was inspired by the artwork of collective Carnovsky in Italy. www.carnovsky.com

History Fades in Colours

Light Installation

Bogotá 2014

  • Winning project of the grant “Intervene History”. Museum of Independence Casa del Florero and University of Los Andes. May. 2014.
  • Artwork exhibited at the Independence Museum Casa del Florero. Jun. 2014.
  • Installation developed by the Group Punto.Lab formed by: Margarita González, Sergio Bautista, Camilo Torres, Pedro Mendoza and Natalia Rivera. Bogotá - Sept. 2014

Colorful Conversations is an interactive colors and light installation; it is a network created with LED lights that react to the voices, whispers, singing and yelling of the participants. The aesthetical concepts of the artwork are linked to the communication networks, virtual and analogical, its invisibility and the way we need them in order to build our relationships.


The light network and the variety of its colors create a state of consciousness in the participant about the way actions and reactions are connected; the one who speaks is sharing his or her voice to the construction of the whole network. The way different voices participate (children, men, women) will result in the artwork as a total lighted piece. The outcome is the visibility of collective work and the construction of a human network within communities. - The way I can recognize my voice and its color in a social network.-

  • Guest artwork at the XIII Festival Internacional de la Imagen (International Image Festival) in Manizales, Colombia. May 2014.
  • Participant artwork at the first Nuit Blanche in Bogotá D.C. Oct 2013
  • Winning project of the call “Arteusaquillo Multicolor”. Local Mayoralty of Teusaquillo. Bogotá D.C. Sept 2013
  • Artwork developed by the group Punto.Lab formed by: Margarita González, Juan José Díaz, Pedro Mendoza, Camilo Torres, Sergio Navas and Natalia Rivera. Bogotá, Sept. 2013. 

Colorful Conversations

Interactive Installation

Bogotá 2013

Transformable Spaces is a future context resulting from the joint of new information technologies with the three-dimensional matter forming capacities of design. The Transformable Space is directly related to the new Augmented Space context; it does not refer to a physical construction, but the configuration of an entire environment which appropriating the vast amount of technological innovations will result in a scenario of new forms of interaction, information acquisition, and overall a new lifestyle.


The Augmented Space idea arise from an articulation of similar technologies, related to the overlap of information in real space. The interaction between human beings and their environment is becoming increasingly complex, enhanced by wireless services, ubiquitous information access points, the matter with projection capability and tactile, augmented reality and its closest derivatives.

  • Paper at the X Academic Forum - XII International Image Festival of Manizales. April 2013.
  • Thesis for Industrial Design Degree. In collaboration with Mutante.Lab Collective. Bogotá, Dec 2012.
  • Video by Collective Mutante.Lab 2012.

Transformable Space

Video Concept

Bogotá 2012

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