Since over 10 years, the streaming technology made possible an easy and immediate spreading of moving images through the Internet, but the Art world seems to be reticent towards the massive fruition of video art online. The rules for the correct setup and display of those works are decided, in most cases, by the artists, making the experience of video art almost exclusively possible in the context of galleries or museums. This is not the case of Cristina Nuñez, (1962 Figueres, Spain) an artist who has been professing the need to combine art social activism since 25 years.
The two videos, created as part of the itinerant exhibition "Someone To Love" -shown for the first time in 2011 at the Mois de la Photo in Montreal- have been now officially launched on the popular social network Vimeo and are available in four languages. In order to break down any barrier between the artistic creation and the audience the artist exhorts to “experience and share them" that allows a multi-level experience.
The first video, Someone To Love, a diaporama, consists in a collection of the self-portrait taken by Nunez during her lifetime. The voice of the artist leads the spectator through the story of her family, her childhood, her turbulent adolescence marked by heroin, her relationships but also the discovery of the self-portrait as a tool for the art therapy.
The inclusion of the video in the homonymous exhibition is crucial to get fully into the show. The viewer is invited to be guided by Nuñez’s voice through a sort of photographs lifeline displayed along the walls. In this context, the video is crucial; It offers a key for different interpretations and suggests multiple connections among more than 200 exhibited images.
The diaporama was also projected separately in Paris and Arles at the festival Les Nuits Photographiques, July 2012. The perception of the video in a collective screening context differs from the exhibition’s experience, but it’s still necessary. Among the works of 30 authors, cleverly juxtaposed by the artistic committee of the festival, a common feeling is somehow expressed in a wide range of languages: the need to turn a gaze to our inner world.
Watching the video Someone To Love on the Internet may be "uncorrect": the work is taken out of context and the quality of the experience depends on contingent factors such as the connection speed and the screen features. On the other hand, the publication on the net offers a potentially worldwide broadcast. If the artist's mission is to give a message to the public, then such message becomes accessible to everyone and the work is ideally free from any influence of the market.
Cristina Nunez’s mission actually consists in spreading her message as we can see on the second video, Higher Self which is focused on her neo-humanist philosophy. In this video she shows her thinking and her method named “The Self-Portrait Experience ©”, through that people are able to be in touch with their own creative Self "converting pain into pure art" using photography.
As Walter Benjamin said, the reproduction of the artwork is a crucial point in the evolution of the idea of authenticity. Artists may perceive that as an impoverishment of the Aura of the artworks or as an enrichment of its experience. For Cristina Nuñez the reproduction of the works is a genuine urgent need. The language used in Higher Self is assertive and direct made to push people to open their eyes and get through the human suffering, loneliness and wounds. Both videos are an exhortation to listen to our guts in order to identify ourselves with others, giving us a way to sourmounting our loneliness. These videos are magnifying glasses on the real needs of human beeings, which are constantly frustrated by a material society, too focused on the economic growth.