Juan Covelli (1985) is a Colombian Visual Artist and Photographer living in London, where he is currently studying towards an MA in Photography at Central Saint Martins.
His practice as an artist focuses on Identity in the Digital Age and the dynamics and approaches of the body within this framework. He is particularly interested in finding strategies through which to understand the experience of embodiment in our digitalized world and explore ideas that allow for multiple conceptions of identity.
Juan employs a wide array of media, spanning photography, video, 3D scanning and 3D modelling, among others. He has been featured in various publications and exhibited in spaces such as El Cirulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid, 2013), La Casa Encendida (Madrid, 2015) PhotoMasters (London, 2015). Recently, he was awarded the Curator’s Choice prize at Conflux exhibition (London, 2015) and has been selected as one the artist collaborating with the TATE in their new BP Art Exchange project.
Neale is particularly interested in creating conflict between what enters the machine and what leaves it. He manipulates data to create ambiguities within the certainties of the digital realm, breeding uncertainty from the usually reassuring definite of binary data and letting repetition and replication take form as a rhythm from the space in-between the known and unknown.
What does improvisation mean to Neale?
Quick thinking, quick witted, flying by the seat of your pants. What does improvisation mean to Juan?
Improvisation is an important tool of creation and fundamental for developing any idea, as, in my practise, I am constantly engaging with mediums, some of which I have little experience with.
Improvisation is at the heart of art today, as it focuses on the experience of the viewer, rather than creating something just to look at. New media technologies are pushing the boundaries of the way we create and exhibit, allowing the viewer to contribute something of themselves to the artwork. This mutual collaboration between the artist and the viewer means that without improvisation, the piece would not exist.