Guillermo Acevedo

Guillermo Acevedo was born in Rhode Island and lived in Colombia from 1975 to 1999. He attended the Electrical Engineering program at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, before completing the BA program in Philosophy at the Universidad del Rosario. He holds a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications (ITP) from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is currently based in New York City.

Acevedo developed a passion for technology early in his life and has over 35 years of programming experience, first creating expert systems for a number of industries and then creating applications for education and the arts. Needing to complement his passion for systems with his interest in ontology he started a path through philosophy that eventually led him to explore different artistic disciplines. 

From 1994 to 1999, Acevedo was involved in theater productions, first as a stage actor and later on directing theater ensembles. In 1995, he founded The Lizard King, a music venue in Bogotá that operated for about five years to support the work of emerging alternative Colombian rock musicians. Since 2001, he has collaborated with other artists in a number of visual arts and performance projects, among them: Sonnet Subterfuge, a long distance collaboration between interactive artists and dancers, Acevedo created real-time audio in NYC while dancers performed at the Waag in Helsinki (New York and Helsinki, 2004); The Year Of The Motorcycle, in collaboration with Evan Raskob and T. R. Ericsson, one of the first fully interactive films made, a commission by Progressive Insurance for their headquarters (Cleveland, 2005); and an interactive staging of Heiner Müller’s play, The Mission in collaboration with Adam Shive (still in development). More recently he worked as the Creative Technology Director for Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at The Water Cube, a permanent public art installation by Jennifer Wen Ma at the National Aquatics Center (Beijing, 2013).

As a new media artist, Acevedo’s artistic research explores the interpretation of reality, particularly the delicate balance between cognition, perception, and sensation. His projects question current definitions of sentience, life, and empathy, creating a new ground between aesthetics and ethics, where aesthetics serves as a tool for ethical exploration.

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  • Mon. Nov 4, 12:00 pm
  • Tue. Nov 5, 12:00 pm
  • Wed. Nov 6, 12:00 pm
  • Thu. Nov 7, 12:00 pm
  • Fri. Nov 8, 3:00 pm
  • Sat. Nov 9, 3:00 pm
  • Tue. Nov 12, 6:00 pm
Paradise Interrupted, a contemporary Kunqu opera that is a work in development, is presented as a three-part artist residency at the Performa Institute.