STUDIO VICTOR PEREZ-RUL
After studying Design and Visual Arts at Ibero University in Mexico City (2007), Víctor Pérez-Rul got involved in art and technology studies at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Ultrech, in the Netherlands, with the support of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA, 2009-2010). During that year, he established his first studio in Hilversum (NL), where he began working with sound experimentation and multidisciplinary experimental collaboration.
In 2011, he re-established his study at the same house in the Juarez neighborhood in Mexico City where the MARSO Foundation is housed. There, he began experimenting with the growth of materials as a manifestation of the relationship between energy, matter and living beings. In 2018, his study had a brief stay at the Lagos artistic residencies and in 2019 he relocated to the Tabacalera neighborhood in Mexico City, where it is currently located.
By joining the Arts and Design PhD program at UNAM (2013), Pérez-Rul accentuated his inclination for the multidisciplinary and experimental research of the energy-matter relationship and the manifestation of living and non-living energy-processing systems. Since then, he has been remarkably interested in the employment of solar energy in his “energy-processing systems” artistic research and its promotion as a way of recalibrating the relationship between humans, their environment, and their anthropocentric perspective.
The studio of Pérez-Rul collaborates with futurists, technologists, artists, scientists, engineers and curators, looking to research and insert projects in spaces that articulate the artistic sphere with nature, cosmology and the energy industry, along with the human experience both in public, private and in open formats which involve the general public in the process, such as the (always) open studio, allowing for future visualization and possible realities.
Studio Victor Pérez-Rul has worked with artists such as Lauren Klein, Jaime Lobato Cardoso and Ap Verheggen, with technologists such as Mateus Knelsen, Arne Boon and Aduen Darriba, with futurists such as Ignacio Tovar and Kristefan Misnki from Ars Electronica, and with art curators Leslie Moody Castro and Mary Mikel Stump, among others. He has established conversations with institutions and associations such as the Mexican Association for Photovoltaic Solar Energy (ASLOMEX), the Visual Art Center (VAC), the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), the POLYBION laboratory for biotechnological materials and the international organization focused on the promotion of sustainable energy infrastructure, the Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI).
Now, the studio pretends to continue linking his artistic research on energy and the living with public and private space, industry, and relevant characters in science and cutting edge art, promoting a reconsideration of the way in which the universe is constructed, our environment, and our place in it, as well as our role in the human and non-human social fabric through concrete actions such as the promotion of renewable energies, like solar energy, through public art.
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Victor Pérez-Rul (Born Mexico City 1983)
The work of Víctor Pérez-Rul (Mexico, 1983) is an ongoing research project in which art, futurism, natural sciences, cosmology and engineering are found; his solar sculptures, experimental collaborative projects and large scale installations propose and explore new ways of understanding and perceiving the universe, energy and the living.
Thanks to curator Leslie Moody Castro, in 2016 Pérez-Rul carried out the PLACEHOLDER project, a multidisciplinary experimental collaboration and sentient solar installation that gave way to his collaboration with institutions such as the Visual Art Center at the Texas University in Austin, the Center for Latin American Visual Studies (CLAVIS, the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), the Energy Institute at the University of Texas (UT), companies such as SOLARTEC, and associations such as ASOLMEX (Mexican Association for Photovoltaic Solar Energy). PLACEHOLDER was a supported project by the National Endowment for the Arts in the United States (NEA 2016), making it the first time in its history that the VAC has received such fund.
In 2017-2018, he collaborated with the London School of Economics research, directed by Raversbourne University, regarding the user experience of the first existing commercial artificial sense: North Sense by Cyborg Nest, having he himself experimented the transition into a cyborg through the integration with his body of the artificial sense of electronic orientation fabricated by Cyborg Nest.
He has a neo-futurist approach to the problem of understandingthe multidisciplinary crossing between energy and art, urbanism,architecture and the reconception of our role in the planet, maintaining active conversations with relevant associations on this topic at an international level such as the Land Art Generator Iniciative (LAGI) (member board of directors), Futurologi, and the now extinct Laboratorio para la Ciudad (Laboratory for the City) in Mexico City. In 2016, he was a finalist for the international prize Collide, awarded by the Art division (Arts at CERN) of the world’s most important nuclear laboratory today, CERN.
Pérez-Rul has lectured and talked at public and private institutions such as the Energy Institute (UT), the VAC (UT), the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), Ibero-American University (IBERO), the Monterrey Institute of Technology (TEC), the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, Faculty of Arts and Design), the Autonomous University of Queretaro (UAQ), the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC) and the Laboratory of Art Alameda (LAA), among others.
The work of Víctor Perez-Rul has been showcased internationally at both group and individual exhibitions in the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, Italy, the United States and Mexico, as well as at official institutions, renowned art fairs, public and independent spaces. Some examples include the Unpainted Art Fair in Munich, the Visual Art Center at the University of Texas in Austin, the Southwest School of Art in San Antonio, Texas, the South by Southwest 2017 interactivity, film and media festival and the Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton Collection.