13.07.2020 — 26.07.2020
Monica Ruiz Loyola
residency, Konnektor

Part of the Konnektor-project

Monica Ruiz Loyola navigates between Mexico (her country of birth), Ghent (her current place of residence) and wherever her practice leads her to. After having studied Art and Design at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), she chose to continue multimedia and digital arts, which got translated in a scholarship for a Master in Digital Arts at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. In her symbiosis of art and technology, she ponders on the reflection between the analogue and digital as well as on the memory, life and death. These subjects are combined and embodied on different levels through interactive installations and performances, allowing us to both retrieve our role in this world and asserting personal and even social issues.

The search for Langerbrugge’s identity encompasses the main thread of her residency. Initially entitled ‘Mechanical reconstruction of the memory. An image against oblivion,’ her research scrutinizes the history and memories of objects and images – Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu instantly springs to mind. Ruiz Loyola concentrates on collecting those mental associations, stories, objects, and photographs – things that tie together the local residents of Kerkbrugge-Langerbrugge with the history and life of the electricity plant. With ‘Collectieve Conversatie (‘Collective Conversations’) her research got translated into a solid audiovisual installation. Awaiting an appropriate time of presentation, a video-trailer is in the making. 

More info on Monica’s project you can find here