How to speak about peace in an age so indulgent in hatred? The automatic visceral response has become a constant in our time and is especially encouraged by the language of social media. Hate becomes a product that attracts the attention of all consumers regardless of its terrible consequences. What possibilities remain in the face of such a disturbing context?
Peace is an audiovisual poem about the importance of meditative thinking. Visual textures try to immerse the viewer in that type of thinking that all people can carry out, allowing us to go beyond polarized positions, thus marking our openness to the world around us and to ourselves. Perhaps meditative thinking is one of the few resources we have left to avoid succumbing to hatred. Commissioned by Videowords. A special project by Magmart International Video Art Festival.
Ursula San Cristóbal (1987) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in Barcelona. Her work is devoted mainly to performance art and video art, which she conceives as tools for exploring contemporary subjectivity, addressing issues such as gender, identity, fragility, eroticism, intimacy and the uncanny. She has been invited to make a video installation for the Festival Videoformes 2023 (Clermont-Ferrand, France), and she has been an artist in residence at Nau Estruch (Sabadell, Spain). Her video artwork has been screened in festivals such as Festival Les Instants Vidéo (France), Camagüey International Video Art Festival (Cuba), BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film and Video Festival (Spain), Miami New Media Festival (USA), Traverse Vidéo (France), FILE Electronic Language International Festival (Brazil), Video Art Miden (Greece) and 19th Media Art Biennale WRO 2021 (Poland). Úrsula holds a PhD in Art History and Musicology from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.