Group exhibition RISD Museum Providence, RI, USA. Curator Dina Deitsch,
Contemporary Art Curator, deCordova Museum
Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. Curator Megan and Murray McMillan
Two person exhibition
5Traverse Art Gallery
Providence RI., Curator Maya Allison
Single channel video screening
Stairwell Gallery Providence, RI RISD Museum, Curator Zeljka Himbele
The Lisbon Village Festival
Village Art Showcase Lisbon, Portugal. Curator Natércia Caneira, 2007
De Agua y Sal
Cape Verde, June 2008, 2012
Vimeo: De Agua y Sal
Soldiers One of a video thryptic entitled: “Trilogía en progreso”
Modules for Caliente Performance
The San Diego-Tijuana borderlands constitute a complex region of interactions with multiple sociological loci . Movement and flow define the image of the trans-border corridor. This elliptical, double-centered urban space, like no other location, surrenders itself to this dance of indices with athletic mobility and convertibility of opposed distant situations. Ellipsis seeks to inhabit this in-between world, linking optical/sound image with temporal space to create a temporary circuit, and produce a creative tension that gives the event momentary life. Scenarios / Live Visual and Sound Image Event / Ellipsis /
Every image is surrounded by an atmosphere of world. Sartre
Curator - Ellipsis: Hans Fjellestad
Artist - Ellipsis: Damon Holzborn, Liisa Lounila, Magaly Ponce, Ivan Díaz Robledo
This video is part of 'Remains' a video installation. The work explores the relationship between fear and desire. In the tradition of Lysistrata, Ponce uses some humor to reflect on love and war, wholeness and fragmentation. The artist is intrigued by how small scale 'personal moments' can have a larger and more powerful presence when grouped together, or accumulated over time. The desegregation of the body in a formal sense, allows the coverage of a bigger psychological and physical space. By this act of dispersion, transcendence is achieved.
Collaboration with Thorsten Dennerline and Mike Graham 2004
This video ‘zooms in’ on the variety of color, textures, shapes and transparencies of dead insects. Thorsten Dennerline photographed hundreds of insects at the Entomology Laboratory of the University of Massachusetts. This work edited with Mike Graham’s sound composition.
Collaboration with Michael Schuh
Video by Mad Dog Inc. 2003
Mad Dog Inc. Commissioned an interpretative video for a script titled: “Substance”. The script is a philosophical statement about essence and form. The finished video is part of an anthology of eleven American artists.
Producers, Directors, Editors: Magaly Ponce and Michael Schuh
Actors/Readers in order of appearance:
Host: Marland Young
Radio Museum/Store owner: Jasper Gardino
Plant Shop owner: Joseph Waeltermann
Philosophy Professor: Rachael Singpurwalla
Fruit Stand: Peter Waters
Art is in time (vimeo)
This video explores concepts of permanence. We usually think of large objects, such as ocean liners, mountains, buildings (twin towers in NY), as being permanent. However, we discover that all matter is in a constant state of change, albeit in its own pace. The landscape, the lizard and the cock are intertwined forming a circle, questioning our concepts of stability and balance. All footage was recorded in Chile in 2001.
Three thirty second videos commissioned to be included in a documentary about Valparaíso, Chile. This documentary was part of the World heritage site application to UNESCO.
Poetry / In Transit‘99
reedited in January 2004
Poetry / In Transit ‘98
Danish poets and bilingual readings in New York City.
Poetry/In Transit started it’s bilingual poetry readings in 1995. The idea came from Danish poet Susanne Jorn, who wanted to promote Danish poetry of international caliber in North America by inviting three poets annually in five years and publish an anthology of the fifteen readings after the final events. Each years wood cut for the postcard and poster by the visual artist Thorsten Dennerline will also appear in the anthology. For the second year in a row the video artist Magaly Ponce will make an art video of the events. Last year’s video will be shown at a sound exhibition in Copenhagen later this year. Niels Frank, Pia Tafdrup and Annemette Kure Andersen read their works in Danish at St. Mark‘s Church, the DCA Gallery, SHAdi Jazz-place and The Emily Dickinson Homestead. The Danish reading is followed by the English translation, read by acclaimed American poets chosen carefully by Susanne Jorn and Marie-Louise Rosenstand.
Exhibición Obra Gráfica de: ANA MARIA BRIEDE
Video-Poema: MAGALY PONCE
Fundación Neruda, Centro Cultural "La Sebastiana"
Valparaíso, Chile 11 Abril - 6 Junio 2000
The concrete poems on 'Lineas Contenidas' inspired me to create a video. They triggered a pseudoscientific explanation of reality in me. As physics, biology or chemistry, these caligrams offer an explanation on how to code reality. The word, as a cell or basic unit, is disintegrated creating new organisms that, when reproduced or multiplied, vary their shape. This metamorphosis of the metaphor evidences the fragility of life cycles, the power of language to name/rename and the relationship between chaos/order.
Balance Magnético, USA 1998
Through the eyes of a 'child of Pinochet', the generation raised under the dictatorship in Chile, history is revisited. After residing abroad a new perspective of events is achieved. The image of the reasembly of an audio tape opens up a subjective space, where the reconstruction of memory and relative truth takes place. Personal and historical memories blur in a stream of time and audio manipulation. Layered bilingual narratives contrast circumstances surrounding the execution of an engineer with values of political loyalty and religious faith. "Magnetic Balance" references the equilibrium of our minds in times of fear, sexual repression and propaganda.
This is a political videotape, which raises the issue of the misrepresentation of latinos in US media. Clips from films and TV commercials are mixed with the enactment of a latino female stereotype. The 'confessional' aspect of the performance mocks the structures of media representation as well as the work of Latino artists. The reason behind criticizing the work of artist like Gomez Peña, is that they assume their 'minority' role, and make work that comes from embracing a multicultural point of view. The emphasis on celebrating diversity creates uninformed divisions that trap artists into categories of 'latino' or 'Latin-American' art makers.
The intention of this video is to explore 'direction and speed' as elements of the video aesthetic. The scrolling landscapes displace images of myself, breaking my body into disjointed parts. The text evokes sensations, memories and experiences.
The displacement and fragmentation of the visual and sound, questions female identity. The displacement of the body is reinforced by a kitsch romantic soundtrack interrupted by static. The video evokes feelings of unification and rupture while in love.
Alquimia, USA 1997
This video is inspired on Gaudi's labyrinths, as a metaphor for the fear of creation.The structure of the tape is symmetrical in space and time. The camera descends and ascends the Sagrada Familia' s stairs. At the central moment of the video, a women is mysteriously regurgitating an egg.
Alchemy is an analogy about woman's biological and artistic creative cycles.
The Wind's Retirement
La Jubilación del Rey de los Vientos, USA 1996
This project is motivated by the contrast between tradition and progress on the city of Valparaiso, Chile. The poetic translation of is: Va al Paraiso? or Go to Paradise?. The project resulted on a 2D animation and two six minutes videos. This tape shows the poetic evolution of technology from wind mills to the space technology. The wind is the main character who gets old and cannot keep up with technology. This project was possible thanks to the 'Creative Video Grant' by Andes Foundation, Chile.
Flores de Porcelana, Chile 1995-1996
This project is inspired on the life of nitrate mining towns in the Atacama Desert on the early twentieth century. The discovery of artificial nitrate by Germans, starts the collapse of Chilean industries, creating despair among workers.
Even though the Atacama desert was the largest nitrate producer (natural fertilizer) of the world, workers had to create paper or metal flowers to bury their dead. The absence of vegetation forced the privileged european immigrants to import porcelain flowers from France. This contradiction sets the pivot point of the tape.
'Porcelain Flowers' criticizes colonialism through a context of beauty and fantasy. The visual language of the tape is based on my great-grandmother's tales. The oral tradition allows for an alternative historical reconstruction.
All funding provided by the MacArthur, Rockefeller, Lampadia foundations.
Ley Seca, Chile 1995
This video is an exploration of the documentary format. The event is a religious festivity called 'La Tirana', in northern Chile. The festival lasts officially one week, and it is strictly prohibited to drink alcohol. The video is centered at a Down Syndrome dancer, who has been part of a dancing academy for twelve years. His presence on the video comes to evidence the religious values of Chilean society.
Altazor:Videopoem, Chile 1994
Vicente Huidobro is consider Chile's first anti-poet. His epic poem "Altazor", is structured by the metaphor: 'Life is a free fall', [only poetry or love can make one transcend]. The tape "Altazor: Video-Poema" is a free interpretation of its source, and collages 2D and 3D animation, new and appropriated video footage. The intention of the work is to apply Huidobro's creative concepts to audiovisual technology, as well as familiarize chileans with Huidobro's poetry.
Thanks to Professor Allan Browne for his guidance.