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Gabe Barcia-Colombo

Video artist

Fellows Class:
Gabe Barcia-Colombo

Professional Role

Current Titles:

Artist, Professor of Media Arts, Animator

Current Organizations:

GabeBC.com, Secret Society of Forbidden Literature


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A 1950's housewife trapped in a blender. Interactive video sculpture by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

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A Point Just Passed

A human aging punchcard video sculpture by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo

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Tube II

A video installation by Gabriel Barcia-Colombo. Two people emerge from a television as static and struggle to make it in the real world.

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American video artist creating living video installation pieces of "miniature people" encased inside ordinary objects such as suitcases, blenders and more. My 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. My video sculptures play upon this exigency in our culture to chronicle, preserve and wax nostalgic, an idea which I renders visually by “collecting” human beings (alongside cultural archetypes) as scientific specimens. I repurpose everyday objects like blenders, suitcases and cans of Spam® into venues for projecting and inserting videos of people.

Fun facts

Favorite meal:
Anything involving tacos, sandwiches or taco sandwiches.

A funny story about me:
My life was completely altered by the fact that I took the wrong elevator in the wrong building. Because of this I went to a completely different school, went on the wrong interview and ended up an interactive video artist. Who knows where I would've ended up if I'd gotten on the correct elevator but I'm happy the way it turned out.

Vital Stats

Fellows Class
Living in
New York, United States
Working in
New York, United States
Born in
Los Angeles, United States



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