Interactive Futures - 2007

Interactive Futures 2007 ( November 15 - 17 ) Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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Lilia Pérez Romero


Programmed by: Omar Sánchez
Characters: Don Jacobo, la Poli, Juanpablo Avendaño and Myriam Beutelspacher.

One of the four randomly chosen characters observes the spectator from a crystal screen. From its pose and the framing of the shot, it seems to be waiting to be portrayed. The character will carry on like this until the spectator touches the screen. Then, it will come out of his immobility responding with the same gesture, placing its hand and gaze on the user’s hand, following any route it follows.

Trapped in this small sequence of gestures that reminds us of The Invention of Morel, by Adolofo Bioy Casares, the portrayed character meets the real one at an instant of simulated communion, which expresses both the will for communication and the impossibility of it actually happening.

The production was made possible thanks to a residence grant at the Center for Multimedia of the National Center for the arts. Made expressly for Dataspace, with support from CONACULTA and the SRE.


Photograph by Gerhard Haupt & Pat Binder / Universes in Universe (Dataspace Arco 05)



Digital artist and multimedia author, born in México City. She is Master in Digital Arts, and European Media Master. She did postgraduate doctorate studies in photography and video at the University of Barcelona, and is currently studying a Masters in Philosophy in the National University of Mexico. UNAM.

Lilia was Professor of Interactive Systems in ESDI (Escuela Superior de Diseño) Ramón Llul University, Barcelona, Spain and of Graphic Interface Design in MECAD”s International Master on Creation and Design for Interactive Systems. In 2004 she became Assistant Director at the Center for Multimedia, Mexico, where she worked until 2007.

Lilia has been invited to present her work and to lecture in main international festivals and universities. She has been granted fellowships by FUNDIT (Fundación para el Diseño Textil, Spain); IIE (Institute of International Education), USA; INBA, Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, México, CONCACYT (Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, Mexico) and the European Union’s EMARE (European Union /European Media Artists Residence Exchange). She has been an artist in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada, V2_Lab, Netherlands and Center for Multimedia, National Center for the arts, Mexico.

Lilia specializes in the study, design and production of digital interfaces and is actually working with computer vision and databases as well as image analysis and interpolation. The main subject of her recent works is the individual and the collectivity expressed through different kinds of interactive portraits, composite images, partial collections of fragmented portraits and even alternative documentary video works.

Selected media

Frontera-Installation/interactive portrait by Lilia Perez
Documentation recorded by Eliud Romero, Cecilia Medina and Gerardo Zapata
Edited by Mauricio Cortes


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