Trained and graduated initially as a stage designer from The National School of Theater, Gutiérrez uses a range of media such as film and performance art to investigate the everyday life acoustic culture. Approaching these questions from a feminist perspective continues to be of special interest to Gutiérrez, who completed her MFA in Media and Performance Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently elaborating the academic dimension of her work as a Ph.D. student at Concordia University. Accordingly, these techniques also constitute the core of the pedagogical practice Gutiérrez has developed over a decade of teaching in educational settings such as NYU Abu Dhabi, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Rutgers University. Gutierrez is actively advocating listening practices while being one of the board of directors of the World Listening Project, formerly working with The Midwest Society of Acoustic Ecology, and currently as the scientific committee of the Red Ecología Acústica México. Currently, she is a research assistant at Concordia’s lab’s PULSE and Acts of Listening Lab.
For twelve years, she has worked in the field of performance and sound art, fusing the two disciplines in installation projects. Among the video series is “A brief history of fictions”, which consists of four projects, performed under the same methodology and work strategies from documentary and performance. This series has won two awards: The Fellowship Competition 2007 and CAAP 2008, and it was a nominee for Artadia Art Chicago 2009. Throughout her career, she has received many residencies. The first was issued in 2001 by the CMM in Mexico City. In 2002 she obtained a residency at ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie) Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2009 she was selected by Artist Village in Taipei, Taiwan, and also obtained a scholarship for Artist Residencies Program 2009 FONCA-BANFF Centre, Canada. In 2012 she was awarded an EMARE EMAN scholarship and prize for a residency at FACT, in Liverpool. In 2011 she developed the video series “Topographies of Time,” supported by the Program Development and Cultural Conversions FONCA 2011 in Mexico City. This series has been exhibited internationally in museums, and contemporary art galleries, such as The Windor Gallery in Madrid, Spain, Khiasma Gallery in Paris, France, Move Forward Festival in Halle, Germany, Liverpool Art Biennale 2012 in the UK, Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico City, Mexico, and Action Art Actuelle in Montreal, Canada. Most recently, she is a recipient of the National System of Art Creators from Mexico. Gutiérrez is currently developing her most recent residency project at the Bolit Contemporary Art Center in Girona, Spain. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the University of Girona, in the Doctoral Programme in Humanities, Heritage, and Cultural Studies.
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My work focuses on the relationships between the concepts of memory, home, and landscape. This exploration arises from formal documentary strategies such as oral recreation (sound), photography, and video. In the video narratives, I’m interested in the interpretive and representational aspects in relation to the construction of identity reflected in architecture and landscape.
Initially, my work began through sound exploration. The radio was the medium that I initially approached as a sound instrument, and it led me to the sound installation projects Radial, Solaris, IO, and En Media, the key artworks that introduced me to astronomy, acoustics, and architecture. My multidisciplinary research is influenced by several disciplines in the humanities, such as history, ethnography, sociology, and anthropology, areas of study that are combined in the development of my projects. In the early artworks Public Blame, Sports Hygiene, Al Sonoro Rugir…., I used interviews, archival documents such as sound, photography, and text, to reflect on the vulnerability of historical narratives constructed by the news media.
The process of living between two cities, Chicago and Mexico City, was an important event that made me approach two themes: migration and identity. My approach aims to critically engage with the construction of the cultural assimilation of immigrants into the American culture through media. These early reflections are visible in the video installations Icon and Babel. Through sculptural processes the installation Objects of Survival examines the boundaries between territoriality and segregation in an urban context, collecting objects of cultural commodities from immigrant ethnic enclaves in five neighborhoods in Chicago.
The construction of identity in documentary practices, in turn, is explored in the video performances series A Brief History of Fictions, which raises the issue of subjectivity and oral history in nonfiction film strategies. The video series Time Topographies emphasizes the personal narrative through the corporeal absence of the narrator, substituting it by landscapes that are linked with their immigrant journey. This video series was commissioned by several art institutions to be developed as a site-specific video triptych in Mexico City, Montreal, and Liverpool.
Through my most recent artwork Girona desde la Muralla, developed in the arts residency at the Contemporary Arts Center Bolit, in Girona, Spain, I explored the concept of tactical tourism and its critical response to replacement of the city inhabitants by a transient culture of the traveler. That residency helped me to articulate my present research on soundwalks in collaboration with the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology. This research explores the links between oral history, architecture, and memory by using art practices deriving from the soundwalk and the drift as research tools. Currently, living in the City of New York city, I seek to deploy the walk strategically as a participatory exercise of social engagement, where participants are involved in a self-reflective process of inquiry and dialogue.