QUALIA, 2019 - BIOGRAPHIES
Laia Cabrera is a visionary filmmaker and video artist based in New York and critically recognized director and multimedia creator, working in the fields of projection mapping design, video art, documentary and immersive art installations, with many projects straddling or blending elements of both fields. Ms. Cabrera is recognized for innovative interdisciplinary work which merges cinematic and digital arts, dance, music, theater and visual arts with pieces performed at leading venues, inaugurating arts festivals and installed in museums.
Recipient of many awards including the 2016 Silver Telly Award for Best Direction (Highest Distinction), AVA and Telly awards for best Animation, Documentary and Art Direction; NYIT awards 2015 winner for Best Art Production and three-times NYIT nominee for Outstanding Innovative visual design in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and winner of the Kodak & Color Lab award for Best Cinematic film for “Under Influence” presented in festivals worldwide. She is also the recipient of the several grants both in Europe and the USA including the KrTU Creators Prize awarded by the Department of Culture of the Government of Catalonia, the CONCA Grant from the National Council of the Arts and Culture in Catalonia, the New York State Council on the Arts, and DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities among others.
She is currently the artistic director of the film & Multimedia company LAIA CABRERA & CO co-founded with French animator Isabelle Duverger, a team of film, animators and visual artists producing a wide range of multimedia projects and recently won the Silver Telly Award for Best Direction for “I AM” a short documentary featured in Vogue. She also curated and directed award winning multi-media international art shows and more. Former member of the Board of Directors of Topia Arts Center, Adams, MA and an advisory board member at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and director of their annual film documentary. She graduated from the Conservatoire of Barcelona, Spain, and earned an MFA in Audiovisual Communication and a BFA in Media Studies from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. She also has a Master in Film Production at The New School University, NY.
She just finished two interactive installations, "Illusion", a video and sound immersive interactive art installation at Flutter Experience Art Gallery (Los Angeles, 2019) and "The Now" the largest interactive public art of its kind, at the Port Authority Bus Terminal (Times Square, New York, 2018-2019).
Her previous exhibition “Self on the Shelf” was presented in Times Square at the Armory Arts Week-SPRING/BREAK Art Show New York 2018 and rated one of the best shows of the venue. An immersive interactive video mapping and sound Installation exploring the conflicts of otherness and the nature of belonging, by bringing a child’s bedroom to life while the space reacts to the visitors’ actions. She is now currently working on the largest video interactive installation in New York City called “The NOW”. An immersive interactive experience, using virtual reality and gesture-responsive video-art-illustration-animation to open this fall 2018 in the heart of New York city, on the window’s facade of the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Times Square. A large-scale video mapped interactive installation that explores transitory spaces and unseen parallel realities as you walk, move and point to the different storylines.
Her film-art work installation credits include “St. Jordi in New York: Dragons & Books & Roses” a large-scale projection mapping installation in which architecture, drawn illustrations, animations and movement come together in a visual celebration of literature and the legend of Sant Jordi in the heart of Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York; "Is There an Edge of Belief?" (International multidisciplinary art festival Jaen en Femenino, Spain and Bienal International ULA 2010, Merida, VENEZUELA, etc,),”Singularity" (inaugurated the International video animation festival "Animac", Lleida, Spain) and "Shifting Gaze", a Film-Art-Music Installation, premiered at "Spain Art Fest'10" in Times Square, NY, (October 2010), was presented as a video installation at the "Region Ø Latino Video Art Festival of New York" (March 2011) toured in 2012 with screenings worldwide, and was selected for the festival Georgetown Glow as a large scale outdoor installation on the C&O Canal, Washington DC, in 2015.
Her work includes traditional and experimental filmmaking, multimedia shows and interactive video-mapped site-specific installations, such as "Aire", a site-specific Multimedia Installation Performance Concert presented at the Tempietto Di Bramante (Rome, Italy, 2014) and on the Facade of the Bank of America Neo-Classic Building, Art All Night, (Washington DC, 2015), and in 2016 as a large scale 5000 sq/ft 3D projection mapping and live concert performed by an ensemble orchestra at the Underwear Factory, Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley New York, sponsored by Art Mid Hudson, NYSCA; “La Noche/The Night” Video mapped Installation designed for the Amster Yard, an interior garden at the Instituto Cervantes New York, commissioned by The Instituto Cervantes NYC 2016; “Taksu” Alexandra Mor Tagua Seed collection and Bali journey documentary directed by Laia Cabrera premiered in Vogue, NYC 2017; "Close-up", Short Documentary about Art and Power, commission by KJCC at NYU, New York 2018; “Kavli Human Project” Short Documentary, Directed by Laia Cabrera, with the support of The Kavli Foundation, the Kavli HUMAN Project (2015 KHP); "Untitled Mind" a Film for installation and indoor and outdoor cinematic exhibition, directed and presented as a multilayered mapping projection design at the Wonder Bread Factory Nuit Blanche DC (Washington DC, 2013); Multimedia Show "Ronensbourgh" virtual theater and projection design at IATI Theater (NYC, 2015); "Night" by American playwright Charles Mee, multimedia show and projection design at the Theater for the New City (NYC, 2015); “City In Motion” video mapped installation commissioned by Reebok, White Box Gallery, SoHo, (NYC, 2014); "Cosmicomics" by author Italo Calvino, immersive projection design installation at Dixon Place (NYC, 2014) and "Garden of Delights" by Fernando Arrabal, a Multimedia Theater Play by The New Stage Theater Company Theater of The New City, (NYC 2012); "Pikolinos" Site Specific Video Mapping Installation, Meatpacking District (NYC, 2013 - listed as the 10 best designed stores in the world); "Landscapes of the Soul" multimedia visual concert, La Mama (NYC 2012); "Resonant Streams" Audience-interactive multimedia installation performance in St John The Divine Cathedral (NYC, part of "The Value of Water' exhibition, 2011), "Mapping Moebus" multimedia theater play, La Mama (NYC, 2010); "Monegros-Nueva York" video installation held at La Lonja (Zaragoza, Spain, 2011); "Walk Pasa Bouge" Video-Performance-Concert in collaboration with LORROJO Cia presented in New York and Brussels (2009-2011); "Playing Equality" (Dance-theater-Video), Boricua College of New York, (November 2009), Festival Internacional 'ReACT' Valencia, (Spain. May 2010); "New York" video-installation at the Institut d'Estudis Ilerdencs (Lleida, Spain, 2009) and "Claim your Place" (Barcelona/New York/Toulouse 2010), a large-scale video-installation-performance presented in the USA and Europe with the support of CAER and CAET and CONCA.
She is also an award winning visual effects artist, director, editor, writer, playwright and composer, she also edited "Cachao:Uno Mas" with Andy Garcia (PBS's American Master, 2010) among many others. Her work in film, video, and visual production has been presented in Europe, the USA and Latin America and commissioned by the New Radio and Performing Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Spain Culture New York - Consulate General of Spain, Spain Arts and Culture, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the King Juan Carlos Center at NYU, the New York State Council on the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Arts International, among some other major institutions.
Laia Cabrera work has been awarded and featured internationally in landmarks like the Tempietto di Bramante in Rome, the historic Georgetown Canal in Washington, D.C., St. John the Divine Cathedral, Times Square, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), TimeCenter at the New York Times and the White Box Art Gallery in New York.
Catherine Correa is a Colombian Brooklyn based award-winning educator physical theater dancer, actress, movement and acting consultant and stage/ film writer. In her extensive career as a performer, she merges cinematic arts, dance, and theatre, highlighting surrealism and humor in her storytelling.
Ms. Correa has participated in international programs with performance development, creative movement, and theater production. She has applied her expertise to the advancement of global theaters, performers, and workshops in South America and the US in venues such as the Lincoln Center, La MaMa ETC, Bric, Joyce Theater, Joe’s Pub, Abrons Art Center, EMPAC, The Highline, Teatro Colon, Teatro Municipal Enrique Buenaventura, Luis A. Ferre Performing Arts Center among others.
Ms. Correa continuously researches the connection of the audience with the performer in the realm of the psyche and the unconscious, creating a unifying journey and embracing the full spectrum of what it means to be a human.
Isabelle Duverger is an award winning French interdisciplinary artist born in St Germain En Laye, France. She is a graduate of Estienne School of Art in graphic communications in Paris. She also has a Masters Degree in Arts Management from the Audencia Nantes, France and ASB, Aarhus, Denmark. She is the cofounder of Laia Cabrera & Co. created in 2010, andher expertise is in animation, videography and projection mapping, working between New York and Europe.
As an animator and projection mapping artist, she just finished two video interactive immersive art installations, "Illusion" at Flutter Experience Art Gallery (Los Angeles, 2019) "The Now" at the Port Authority Bus Terminal (Times Square, New York, 2018-2019) she cosigned with Laia Cabrera, "Self on the Shelf" (Spring Break Art Show 2018, as part of the Armory Arts Week, New York). For the past ten years, she has collaborated with her on the installation-performance "Aire", Tempietto di Bramante Roma, Italy, 2014, Art All Night Washington DC, 2015, Poughkeepsie, 2016, "St Jordi in New York", a projection mapping of the Facade of Deutsches Haus, 2017, "Untitled Mind", implemented as an indoor/outdoor video and sound installation in Nuit Blanche-Art All Night (Washington DC, 2013), "City In Motion" curated by Reebok Creative Lab (2014), a one-year video installation with Mapping for the Pop-Up Store Pikolinos in the Meatpacking district (NYC, 2013), the video-performance-concert "Walk-Pasa-Bouge" (New York - Brussels, 2009-2011), the installation-performances Claim Your Place (Centro Español NYC - Tournefeuille, France, 2010), "Shifting Gaze" (Spain Art Fest '10, Times Square, New York, 2010, Region Ø, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of NYU, 2011, Georgetown Glow, Washington DC, 2015) and "Resonant Streams" (The Value of Water series in the Cathedral Saint John The Divine, New York, 2011).
She is also working as projection mapping artist and illustrator/animator for theater plays such as the upcoming "Prologue" by Maria Litvan (Jersey City Theater Center, 2018), the multimedia plays "Sincronizada" by Mar Gómez Glez (Teatro Del Canal, Festival Talent Madrid Finalist, 2016, MicroTeatro, Madrid, Spain, 2017), "Mapping Mobius" (La Mama Theater, NYC, 2010), "Road to Happiness" (Austrian Cultural Forum, NYC, 2011), "Garden of Delights" (Theater for the New City, NYC, 2012), "Cosmicomics", by Italo Calvino (Dixon Place, NYC, 2014), "La Jaula Bajo El Trapo" (King Juan Carlos Center of NYU, NYC, 2008), "Playing Equality" (NYC, 2009 and Valencia, Spain, 2010), "Night" by Charles Mee, (Theater For the New City, NYC, 2015), "Ronensbourgh" by Beatriz Cabur (IATI theater, NYC, 2015), "Emilie" by Radegund Hain (TNC, 2015), "Else & Henry" by Puy Navarro (Espacio Inestable, Valencia, Spain, 2017).
She recently created the short animated film “Distance to the Moon” written by Italo Calvino, a docu-animation for the Center for Popular Democracy (2017), the opening and closing credits of the feature film "White Alligator" (2012), animations for the short film "Is there an edge of Belief?" (Jaen Femenino, Spain 2009 - Biennale of Art of Venezuela, Merida, 2010) and the music video "All I Wanna Do" by Erica Glyn.
Isabelle Duverger is a three-time New York Innovative Theater Awards nominee for Outstanding Innovative Design (Projection Design, Video-Art and Animations) in 2015 for "Night" at the Theater for the New City, in 2014 for "Cosmicomics" at Dixon Place, and in 2013 for "Garden of Delights" at the Theater for the New City, 2013, and 2015 NYIT award winner for "Night" Outstanding Performance Art Production with the New Stage Theatre Company. She is also the recipient of the AVA 2013 and Telly Awards 2013 for Outstanding Animation, Bronze Telly Awards 2014 for Outstanding Art Direction and Silver Telly 2016 (highest distinction) for Outstanding Directing.
Grammy-nominated New York City based artist/producer, Erica Glyn, is a dynamic force in the music industry. From her self-made creations to her songwriting/production work, she is making fans across the globe. She produces a unique and intriguing sound, mixing elements of trip-hop, rocktronica and a splash of psychedelic rock with her captivating vocals and commanding lyrics. Erica leans towards the unconventional, experimenting with instrumentation and tonal effects, which garner her comparisons to boundary-pushing powerhouses like Florence Welch and Fiona Apple.
Her undeniable songwriting ability, visually stunning music videos, and outside-the-box approach has garnered her industry praise and features in some of today’s best music publications, such as: AOL Spinner, The Deli, Substream Music Press, SonicScoop, Fearless Radio, Stitched Sound, and Confront Magazine.
Erica has been composing for film, working with long-time pro Alexandra Isles on the documentary Harry’s Gift (Official Selection: Manchester Film Festival and NYCIFF 2016), as well as indie films, Bad Plus (Hollywood Screenings Film Festival 2019), Pierot (premiered at the Museum of the Moving Image 2018), and Kill Me directed by Gibson Frazier, starring Marin Ireland and John Ellison Conlee. This new road she has embarked on has been exciting and fulfilling, as she loves working with inspiring and talented artists and creating work that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Erica also produces, composes and performs music for multimedia installation projects with filmmaker and video artist Laia Cabrera and visual artist Isabelle Duverger. These projects have taken her to Spain and France. Other notable performances by the collective are Shifting Gaze, a multimedia project realized in Times Square, as part of Spain Art Fest´10 curated by the Consulate General of Spain NYC, Times Square Alliance and Coolture Spain.
Erica Glyn is the Associate Director and a Board member of Gender Amplified, a non-profit organization that aims to celebrate women in music production.
Maria Litvan is a theatre-maker born in Uruguay. She grew up in Barcelona where she trained as an actress before moving to New York in 1997. She is the recipient of several awards, including the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, the John Gassner Award, and in Catalonia, the Premi Josep Robrenyo. Her work lives at the border between reality and allegory in order to question perception and to encourage a shift in attention from the everyday to the poetic in the everyday. Drawing from both the philosophical and the experiential, her pieces are created within the rhythm and non-structure of playtime, often combining complex topics with minimal language and absurd situations that heighten a reality other than what first meets the eye. Among her full-length productions, Obsessions premiered at the Loewe Theatre and was later presented at the Galapagos Art Space in New York, and Psyche premiered at Context Studios in Brooklyn. Her latest work, Prologue, pays homage to French philosopher and mystic Simone Weil, and was partly developed in a residency at the Jersey City Theater Center in the summer of 2018. Besides developing her own work, Maria has collaborated with international companies such as La Fura dels Baus, Brith Gof, Malqueridas, LorRojo, and The New Stage Theatre. She has an M.A. in Individualized Studies at Gallatin, NYU, with a concentration in perception, mysticism, and performing arts, and she is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she has been awarded a full Fellowship.
ANIOL SAURINA MASO
Aniol is an interactive designer who has built his career around technology and art and the intersections between those.
He has worked in multiple projects involving new technologies such as VR & AR and focuses on designing interactive experiences that help users learn and discover through play. His background as a designer, developer, and artist helps him understand the different aspects of creating a digital product and allows him to communicate, plan ahead and adapt during the process. He has an MS in Games for Learning from NYU, a Master in Creation of Video Games from UPF Barcelona and a Bachelor in Multimedia Engineering from La Salle BCN.
Some of his accomplishments include a special recognition for XR Innovation in the XR Brain Jam as part of the Games for Change Festival, an award from the NYU Prototyping Fund, he was semi-finalist for the 300K, entrepreneurs Challenge from NYU Stern, finalist of the Three Headed Monkey Awards from UPC and got an award for the best academic record in multimedia engineering class of 2013.
Nana Simopoulos is considered one of the foremost composers of world fusion music. She artfully blends sounds and textures from around the world. “Daughters Of The Sun” was #1 on the NAV New Age and World radio charts. “She has succeeded in blending the products of various cultures…” claims German press. Nana’s first album Pandora’s Blues featuring bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Billy Higgins won critic’s choice from DOWNBEAT Magazine. Her latest album Skins, includes mystic poetry from Rumi, Hafez, Owl Woman, Mahsati Ganjavi and Kojijuu.
Nana’s performances include appearances with Oscar winner Tan Dun in Marco Polo with the New York City Opera and
the RAI Symphony Orchestra in Torino, Italy. She composed and conducted music for Resonant Streams: An Ancient Call as part of the six-month art series on The Value of Water at the Cathedral of St John the Divine. Nana has also written scores
for films such as the Domain of the Senses; Touch and for musicals. She is currently performing with her world jazz ensemble.