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JUAN ALVAREZ (Wamoo) – Video Collage Artist

SOLO WORKS
TranquiloMusic video collage series for smartphones

June 2019 – Ongoing, New York, NY, USA

Short videos ranging from 60 to 90 seconds which interpolate shot footage, found footage, and video game gameplay footage to tell a coming of age story. This series is currently being developed into a stage musical.

GOLD: a journey thru space and time — Space Opera

March 2017, New York, NY, USA

A 30 minute musical about an astronaut who suffers a severe hallucination during space flight. Takes inspiration from Star Wars, the Apollo 13 space flight, vaporwave music, and the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Zebra — Short Film

October 2015, New York, NY, USA

A 45 minute film documenting a period of malaise in my personal life. Music inspired by Atlanta hip hop, coupled with psychedelic video collages, inspired by the psychedelic internal monologues featured in Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Exhibitions
Experimental Film Guanajuato Guanajuato, Mexico

October 2023 – Screened GOLD: a journey thru space and time, at an experimental film festival.

Tranquilo Exhibition and Performance DigiAna Studio, New York, NY, USA

August-September 2023 – Exhibited Tranquilo, using tablets to exhibit vertical videos. Selected songs were performed at the closing reception.

Ghetto Hors D’oeuvres – Jack Arts, Brooklyn, NY, USA

July 2023 – Created video collages for performing poets and musicians.

The 98 Collective: Release DCTV Firehouse, New York, NY, USA

February 2023 – Exhibited Nathaniel using a Meta Quest 2.

Creative Code Festival Lightbox NYC, New York, NY, USA

November 2020 – Exhibited excerpts of GOLD: a journey thru space and time.

Superfine! Art Festival Reef Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

February 2020 – Exhibited Tranquilo, using a iPads to exhibit vertical videos.

Collaborations
Nathaniel – Virtual reality audiovisual collage

February 2023, New York, NY, USA

A collaboration with Thomas Butzke. A virtual reality experience using imagery and the visual language used by the NY MTA Subway  posters, telling a story of a passenger’s entire train ride. The rider travels from the Bronx to a beach outing in Coney Island.

Taxilandia: San Diego – Music production and sound art

Fall 2022, San Diego, CA, USA

Experimental theater piece taking place in a taxi cab exploring themes of gentrification and income inequality. Directed by Modesto “Flako” Jimenez and written by Bernardo Mazon Daher.

Taxilandia: Brooklyn – Music production and sound art

Spring 2021, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Experimental theater piece taking place in a taxi cab exploring themes of gentrification and income inequality. Written and directed by Modesto “Flako” Jimenez.

Residencies
Oye Group Artist In Residence – Oye Group

July 2023-July 2024 Brooklyn, NY, USA

Year-long residency to learn how to write a stage play for Tranquilo. The first reading took place in September 2023, during the final weekend of a gallery exhibition for the Tranquilo video art series. The second reading will take place in Summer 2024.

Deep Space Performance Residency – North American Cultural Laboratory

September 2022 Highland Lake, NY, USA

One week long residency during the very early stages of development for the Tranquilo musical. Learned how to craft musical performances in a theater context and took a workshop on acting.

Education
State University of New York at Albany Albany, NY, USA

August 2008-May 2012 – Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and World History