EMAIL: laura@ulara.org
TEL: +32 (0) 486624273
BRUSSELS - BE

Laura Colmenares Guerra is a Colombian/Spanish visual artist based in Brussels. In 2002 she obtained a Masters degree in Audiovisual Media at Los Andes University in Bogota and in 2008 a Postgraduate degree in Transmedia Studies from Luca School of Arts, Brussels.
Laura’s work explores the potential of a diverse range of media including video, photography, 3D, matte painting and compositing. She combines these elements using composition techniques, common to film production. Her main axes of work are: immersive installation, sculpture, video, computer graphics and performance.
 
In the field of immersive installation, Laura has developed works that use technology in order to create an immersive experience for the viewers. In this way, she creates spaces with the intention of increasing awareness at a deep body level, for example, by breathing (Lungs [the Breather]); or through interaction with water valves (Lagunas) in order to make evident the impact and responsibility that we have as individuals and as societies with the environment. In these works, the choice of interactive devices is based on the possibilities of deepening this understanding.

Her latest installation and sculpture work deal with the creation of environments that relate to the politics of landscape and the human intervention and constructions of the concepts of nature and natural.

In parallel Laura has worked as a video performer, starting in the early electronic music scene of Bogota. This practice evolved into concrete experimental live audiovisual performances with musicians on stage, but as well into the creation of independent music-video pieces, that imply collaborations with musicians and composers but as well with various music labels.

Her work has recently been presented at The Alexander Kasser Theatre, Peak Performances at Montclair State University (USA-NJ), at Kings Place (London-UK), The Glasgow school of arts (Glasgow-UK), the Museum of Contemporary Art, during the International Biennale of New Media Art (Montreal-Canada), at festival Elektra-Mutek, EM15 (Montreal-Canada), at the Imperial Theatre of Montreal (Montreal-Canada), at the Cube - Centre for Digital Creation (Paris, F), the International Computer Music Conference (Huddersfield, UK), Nadine, iMal at the Erasmus Museum and Sint-Lukasgalerie (Brussels, BE), The Festival Crea Numerica (Beirut, L,), the Arts Centre in Enghien-les-Bains (Paris, F), at City Sonic (Mons, B), during the Ars Musica Festival 2013 at the Theatre Brigittines (Brussels, B) and at the Museum of Bozar (Brussels, B), in between others.

If you are interested by my commercial work please visit: studio.ulara.org


Studies

2014 -2015     3D/VFX/Compositing
CGItrainer Belgique– Jean Yves Arboit

2009 - 2010     Interactive Media,
Academie Beeldende Kunsten Anderlecht, Brussels - Belgium

2006 - 2008     TRANSMEDIA, Postgraduate Program in Arts + Media + Design.
Hogeschool Sint-Lukas, Brussels - Belgium

1997 - 2002    Master en Arts: Electronic Media & Arts of Time.
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá - Colombia


Selected Exhibitions / Concerts / Screenings


2018 
•    Variations of Disarray - Screening - Madatac - Media LAB Prado -Madrid (Spain)
•    Landscape N.1 & Landscape N.2 –Installation/Sculpture – Ateliers Mommen – Brussels (Belgium)
•    eVanescens - Audiovisual concert – Synthposium 5: Art + A/V Programme - Moscow (Russia)
•    Workshop Cristina Iglesias – Fundación Botín – Santander (Spain)
•    Variations of Disarray - Screening - Ateliers Mommen – Brussels (Belgium)
•    Lagunas - Interactive installation – BAM Festival -Liege (Belgium)

2017 
•    Lagunas - Interactive installation - La Balsamine -Brussels (Belgium)
•    eVanescens - Audiovisual concert - The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre du Son - Gdańsk (Poland)
•    Beyond the Divide - Screening – Sound-Image 2107 - Greenwich(UK)
•    Lagunas - Interactive installation - iMal -Brussels (Belgium)
•    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project - Screening -  (Iniciative of Kika Nicolela) - The Local - New York (USA)
•    Variations of Disarray - Screening - Garages Numériques_02 - 
Brussels (Belgium)
•    Beyond the Divide - Screening – Франкотека - ул. Николоямская, 
Moscow (Russia)
•    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project - Screening -  (Iniciative of Kika Nicolela) – 
Blue Magpie Experimental Film Series (Taiwan)
•    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project - Screening -  (Iniciative of Kika Nicolela) – 
Spacio Enter - Canary Islands (Taiwan)
•    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project - Screening -  (Iniciative of Kika Nicolela) – 
Videoformes Festival - Clermont-Ferrand (France)

2016 
•    See You Later - Audiovisual concert – PEAK Performances – Alexander Kasser Theater - Montclair, New Jersey (USA)
•    eVanescens - Audiovisual concert - Botanique – La Semaine du Son Brussels (Belgium)
•    The Exquisite Corpse Video Project (Iniciative of Kika Nicolela) – Top Schillerpalais - Berlin (Germany)

2015 
•    Variations of Disarray - Monumental projection/Screening - CityLight -  Transnumériques, Mons (Belgium)
•    GIFT - Audiovisual concert - Chapelle de Boondael - Brussels (Belgium)
•    eVanescens - Audiovisual concert – Musicacoustica - Beijing (China)
•    eVanescens - Audiovisual concert - YU GONG YI SHAN - Beijing (China)
•    Cryptic – Oliver Coates - Audiovisual concert – Kings Place - London (UK)
•    Cryptic – Oliver Coates - Audiovisual concert – The Glasgow school of Arts - Glasgow (UK)

2014 
•     UNRAVEL - Screening - Festival Video Movimiento - Universidad Javeriana - Bogota (Colombia)
•    Lungs [the breather] - Interactive installation - La Balsamine - Brussels (Belgium)
•    Beyond the Divide - Audiovisual concert – World Music Days - Wroclaw (Poland)

•    Beyond the Divide - Audiovisual concert – Audio Art Festival - Wroclaw (Poland)
•    eVanescens - Audiovisual concert - Festival Elektra/Mutek - Montreal (Canada)
•    Lungs [the breather] - Interactive Installation  - International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN) - Montreal (Canada)
•    eVanescens - Audiovisual concert - NIME 2014 - London (England)
•    Beyond the Divide/Oracular/Unravel - Screening - Deweekvandeklank - Brussels (Belgium)
•    Beyond the Divide - Audiovisual concert - Flagey - Deweekvandeklank -Brussels (Belgium)

2013
•    Lungs [the breather] - Interactive installation - BOZAR - Brussels (Belgium)
•    eVanescens - Audio-visual concert – International Contemporary Music Festival Ars Musica 2013 - Brigittines. Brussels (Belgium)
•    Persona - Theater - LaborGras - Berlin (Germany)

2012
•    eVanescens - Audio-visual concert - LE CUBE - Centre for Digital Creation. Issy-les-Moulineaux (France)
•    Oracular - Video - Gallery VanderA - Brussels (Belgium)
•    Beyond the Divide - Audio-visual concert - Space Senghor - Brussels (Belgium)
•    eVanescens - Audio-visual concert - Musiques Nouvelles - Mons (Belgium)

2011
•    (IN)Pulses - Audio-visual concert - Gare Numérique de Jeumont (France)
•    Beyond the Divide - Audio-visual concert – ICMC - University of Huddersfield (UK)

2010
•    Beyond the Divide - Audio-visual installation - Vlaamse Scriptieprijs - The Royal Academy of Science and Arts of Belgium - Brussels
•    Lungs [the breather] - Interactive installation – CitySonics - Mons (Belgium)
•    De Vogel en het net - Audio-visual installation - Erasmus Museum - Brussels (Belgium)
•    Lungs [the breather] - Interactive installation - Sint-Lukasgalerie - Brussels (Belgium)
•    Unstable Territories - Interactive installation - iMal - Brussels (Belgium)

2009
•    Lungs [the breather] - Interactive installation - Beirut (Lebanon)
•    Percept - Performance - Centre des Arts Enghien-Les-Bains / Bains Numériques #4. Enghien-Les-Bains (France)

2008
•    Lungs [the breather] - Interactive installation - PING! Festival - Mallorca (Spain)
•    Lungs [the breather] - Interactive installation - NADINE - Brussels (Belgium)

2007
•    Golden Delicious - Video - Urban Trajectories - Brussels - Rotterdam - Mexico

2006
•    BogotaLab - Video installation/performance - Plan06 - Köln (Germany)

2005
•    HuevoProoo1 - Video - Ingenio 400 - Madrid (Spain)
•    Orange Juice - Video – Recyclart - Brussels (Belgium)

2003
•    Self-Portrait - Interactive installation - Contradance - Brussels (Belgium)

2002
•    Ajna’s Journeys - Interactive Video Installation - Los Andes University -Bogotá (Colombia)
•    Ajna’s Journeys - Interactive Video Installation - Alliance Français -Bogotá (Colombia)

Grants

2017        Développement Grant - Vlaamse Overheid
2017        Diffusion Grant: Lagunas - FWB- Arts Numériques
2016        Promotion Grant: Lagunas - FWB- Arts Numériques
2016        Production Grant: Lagunas - FWB- Arts Numériques
2015        Production Grant: Lagunas - Vlaamse Overheid
2014        Conception Grant: Lagunas - FWB- Arts Numériques
2014        Diffusion Grant: Lungs [the breather] – FWB
2013        Production Grant:: eVanescens Vlaamse Overheid
2013        Promotion Grant: eVanescens - FWB- Arts Numériques
2009        Conception Grant: Unstable Territories  - FWB
2009        Promotion Gran: Lungs [the breather] - FWB
2008        Production Grant: Lungs [the breather] Vlaamse Overheid