Disconnected Experiences

Disconnected Experiences in !!!Sección ARTE [No. 35]

Maurice Haedo Sanabria (CU), Martha Luisa Hernandez Cadenas (MINIPUNTO) (CU), Asniel S. Herrera González (CU), Pavel Méndez Hernández (CU), Javier Montenegro Naranjo (CU) and Miguel Alejandro Nicolás Díaz (CU), Bryan J. Romero García (CU) 

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Disconnected Experiences proposes an approach to cultural experiences and digital practices  that confluence offline and online space (virtual and physical) without apparent conflict in the Cuban context. This has given rise to very peculiar forms of digital interaction and distribution, thus emerging a series of alternative phenomena that are products of social creativity.

The curated program will be distributed digitally through an offline exhibition in Sección ARTE, a space dedicated to art that exists within the Paquete Semanal (Weekly Package), a one terabyte collection of files that circulates from hand to hand throughout the country and covers a wide variety of digital entertainment media. This space reaches approximately 10 million users in Cuba and is currently the digital media with the widest reach on the island.

You will be able watch live the process of copying of hundreds of TB of information in a point of sale of the Paquete Semanal (Weekly Package) in Havana, a place where digital content is distributed and copied in person. Around 300 users a day search for entertainment materials there. At the same time, this space will be intervened with screens that exhibit the videos that make the part of the curated program Disconnected Experience, making for them the ideal site where the dichotomies connected/disconnected come to live.


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By Nestor Siré. Garden Curator: Nestor Siré; Steering: Michael M. Thoss; Coordinator: Raquel Ávila; Jury: Cristina Figueroa Vives, Jorge Fernández and Yusnier Mentado; Assistant: Yainet Rodríguez

Maurice Haedo Sanabria (Cuba, 1985) is an industrial designer. For 6 years he has brought values of reparability and adaptability to forklift spare parts. He has turned his house in Centro Habana into a laboratory, where knowledge and technological processes are integrated with coherence with the Cuban reality. He invites us to work in collaboration to reconfigure the national socio-technical imaginary as an alternative to traditional models.

Martha Luisa Hernández Cadenas | Martica Minipunto (Cuba, 1991). She is a writer and performer, founder of the independent publishing house ediciones sinsentido. She was coordinator of the Scenic Laboratory of Social Experimentation (2016-2020). She has published Días de hormigas (Ediciones Unión, 2018), winner of the 2017 David Poetry Prize, Los vegueros (Colección Sureditores, 2019) and La puta y el hurón (Éditions Fra, 2020), winner of the Franz Kafka Novel Prize. She has also won the La Selva Oscura Essay Prize and the Rine Leal Theatre Prize.

Asniel S. Herrera González |Chuli HERRERA (Cuba, 1987) has participated in the Havana Biennial and the 6th and 7th Beijing International Art Biennial. He has had several solo exhibitions, including BE ONE, #cronicassentimentales and Como yo puedo. He has participated in group exhibitions in art centers in Havana, Beijing and Paris. He was awarded the Unique Prize at the XXVIII Visual Arts Salon Fidelio Ponce de León and the prize of the International Festival Visuarte in 2012.

Pavel Méndez Hernández (Cuba, 1990) has participated in the Havana Biennial and has taken part in group and personal exhibitions in important art centres in Havana and Germany. He has given workshops at the New Media Department of the University of the Arts and at the Media Lab of the Alanus University (Germany). He has received the CEIBA Award at the Camagüey International Video Art Festival and the National Curatorial Award. He is a member of the Postproduction Department at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba.

The Solar Moose is an independent Cuban video game development studio. They develop works that transmit experiences beyond the usual playful content of video games. Its two members have been working together for approximately nine months and, in that time, they have made two games that they are still perfecting: Escape from the Eternal Loop and Romb Taider. They have participated in the GameGen Jam 2021 and MatCom Game Jam 2021.

Bryan J. Romero García (Cuba, 1994) is a graduate of the San Alejandro National Academy of Fine Arts. He is currently studying at the University of the Arts and the Padre Félix Varela Institute of Ecclesiastical Studies, both in Havana. He won a mention at the Gibara International Film Festival in 2017. He has participated in several events, including the Camagüey International Video Art Festival and the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema.