Sebastian Gonzalez Quintero

MFA ’21 Film/Video

Through the use of site-specific interventions, performance, and video-projection, my work explores ways to materialize my disturbance and shock about the role of human action in the emergence of the environmental crisis. My creative practice aims to use art and technology as tools to both reflect about our relationship with nature and to engage the public with environmental challenges.

The exploration of the outdoor urban space plays a fundamental role in my creative process. In a city environment where it is easy to get used to the negative impacts of humans on land, I find opportunities to raise questions and remind people about what is being harmed. That is the case of Pañitos de agua tibia / Band-aid solutions, a site-specific intervention that aims to express the superficiality of our approach to solve the environmental crisis. In this work, a video of two performers drying the floor is projected over a small mountain of sand at the beach. With the passage of time, the rising tide reaches the projection and deforms the performers, representing the futility of our current attempts to slow the rising sea level. Pañitos de agua tibia was a public video-projection that took place in Revere Beach, Massachusetts, in May 2022.

As a result of my creative process, I develop public interventions and video-installations to both call attention to the urgency of addressing the climate crisis and to question the relationship we have with nature.

Sebastian Gonzalez’s work focuses on climate change and environmental issues using moving image, video projection, site-specific interventions and performance. He was raised in Bogotá, Colombia, where he completed his undergraduate degree in psychology and a graduate degree in photography at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Sebastian also holds an MFA in Film & Video from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.