IF IT MOVES, IT’S ALIVE
This project is born from the fascination for flags and their inherent usage as an element of communication and representation of a person or a group of people. Flags are believed to exist from the 8th century B.C. arised with the birth of Roman civilization. It is surprising and impressive to think that a system as rudimentary as a piece of cloth of different shapes and colours has been so present in the history and awakens even so many emotions and conflicts. Through video, photography and installation “If it moves, It’s alive” questions the flag and its different functions, suggesting reflections and examines the themes of communication and cultural identity.
Diego Vivanco (Bilbao, 1988) graduated in Fine Arts, specialized in audiovisual art int the UPV/EHU in 2011. He possesses two postgraduate degrees in Germany; one in media art in Leipzig and the other in time-based art in the city of Halle. During his artistic career he has been awarded with different prizes, scholarships and international artistic residencies, among them the Guggenheim Museum in New York and Salzamt in Linz (Austria) stand out. In 2013 he co-founded the artistic collective ‘Situation room’ with which he continues to produce site-specific installations. Since 2008 he has presented his work regularly in more than 10 countries, in renowned institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao or the Eigen Art contemporary art gallery in Leipzig.
Through video, installation and performance art, Diego Vivanco’s conceptual artistic practice questions social, political and cultural contexts, pointing out their areas of tension. This investigation transforms his reality into a tremendous factor of influence, which drives him to constant search for new environments. His work is a continuous invitation to question the established.
Diego Vivanco’s project “If it moves, It’s alive” has been selected by the jury formed by the Bitamine Faktoria team along with the teacher, researcher and essayist Cecilia Guerra Lage; the composer and professor at the National University of the Arts Gustavo de Leonardis; and the curator Leyre Goikoetxea Martínez.