Iceberg Fernandez is an artist filmmaker, researcher, and independent curator born in Bilbao (Spain) and based in London (UK).
During the last decade, she has been exploring participatory art and the specificity of different media, such as, hand-processed 16 mm celluloid, Internet video-conferencing and mobile technologies, or in other words, the two ends of the History of the moving image. An outstanding output of this research is the participatory event REALTIONS (2009), which happened simultaneously connecting via Internet video-conferencing London (UK) with Bilbao (Spain). The project explored aesthetic relations in real space and real time by shifting the roles of audience, artwork and artist, and thus, turning the audiences into the artwork.
Currently, she is completing a practice-based PhD at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UK). Her ongoing doctoral research project Quantum Filmmaking (2011), provides the framework to create Quantum Film Theory as interdisciplinary method for the study of the Physics of narrative in participatory mobile phone cinema, which entails the live process of production and reception of the participatory video-collages, as well as, the narratives generated throughout the cause and effect process. The aim is to continue with the late Modernist project of merging art with everyday life where, echoing Beuys, everybody is an artist for the arts’ sake, leading to its Neo-autonomy from the ideological strings of the market.
Quantum Filmmaking dissolves the hierarchical binary oppositions between art producers and receivers, roles that co-exist in superposition, reversing the ontological chronological order of production and reception: there is not a definite outcome as the artworks emerge during the development.
The art project recovers the eutopian discourse of Quantum Physics, which empirically demonstrated that the act of observation transforms reality. But in this context, the camera-phone supplants the microscope. Therefore, it presents eutopia as the possibility of ‘utopia’, as it seems that the own signifier of the word stops it from becoming reality, liberating the concept from the constraints and realm of impossibility.
The projects have been performed with the technical collaboration of the web developer Jon Diez, at University of the Arts London (UK).
For more info and getting involved, please, visit the website: www.quantum-filmmaking.org.uk