My name is Jay Roff-Garcia, I am an artist from Venezuela. I relocated to Texas in 2012 and am a dual-citizen of both countries. Since I began making art I have always found myself feeling like a channel. Reaching across sound, performance, video, sculpture and installation my artistic practice functions to translate personal experiences into new perspectives, new ways of thinking. Video installation and sound are used for their ephemeral potential to create multi-sensory experiences that emphasize the immaterial and the synesthetic. These mediums conjure sensations one could naturally associate with memories, emotions, or the surreal. Projection, audio samples and loops -- what I refer to as tools of perception -- are employed to highlight the poetic potential of space. With photography and video I am primarily concerned with using the camera as an archival device. This stems from my own fractured sense of time and memories. Videos, images, and sound recordings are edited and translated in order to construct a system of reference points in the otherwise flowing, oozing spaces of memory and perception.
The process of editing remains important as a means of exploring time; the subsequent translation is an attempt to materialize the grain and fabric of these spaces, to question what makes them up and what makes them important. Memory is a natural challenge, its nature is to fracture and twist time into a blur, always thirsting for some sort of confirmation. The remnants of moments past remain in still and moving images, sound recordings, relics, and a reliance on the ethereal. We use these materials to build. My questions are, how do we navigate this? And, how can one use these unstable materials to build something solid? I like to attempt a performance of translation. I gather, ritualize, chop up, and reorganize these remnants of moments past to reframe.
Music: Mugger 404 Bandcamp, Hermit Kingdom Bandcamp, Hermit Kingdom Spotify
As a means of expanding Co-Lab Project's programming into the digital realm, artist/curator Vladimir Mejia selects artists to participate in an Instagram hosted month-long residency. Artists are given full control of the @colabprojectsbitres Instagram account, and all images posted by the artist are categorized by hashtags representing the artist name in residency. Original concept by Sean Ripple.