Jorge Orta

Born in Argentina (1953).

Jorge studied simultaneously at the faculty of fine arts (1972–79) and the faculty of architecture (1973–80) of the Universidad Nacional de Rosario. He later became a lecturer in the faculty of fine arts and a member of CONICET, the Argentinean National Scientific and Technical Research Council.

Practicing as an artist during the Argentine dictatorship, Jorge's research focused on alternative modes of expression and representation resulting from the extreme social and political context. Championing the social role of art during this period of injustice and revolutionary violence, Jorge explored the concept of the periphery in terms of expression and audience. He was a pioneer of video art, Mail Art, and large-scale public performances and went on to represent Argentina with Crónica Gráfica at the Biennale de Paris (1982). Pursuing an interdisciplinary and collective art practice, he founded the research groups Huaqui and CEAC to create a bridge between contemporary art and mass audiences, staging large public performances, Transcurso Vital (1978), Testigos Blancos (1982), Madera y Trapo (1983), Arte Portable (1983), and Fusion de Sangre Latinoamericana (1984). Jorge has published several Manifestos, including: "Arte Constructor", "Arte Catalizador", and "Utopias Fundadoras". He moved to France in 1984 receiving a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign and European affairs to pursue a D.E.A. (Diplôme d'études approfondies) at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Parallel to his studio-based practice, Jorge invented the first ceramic glass plates for the PAE 2500 (Projector Art Effect) in 1986 that he later used to create the ephemeral paintings Light Works. In 1991 a fire tragically destroyed his studio, including the entire archive of his Argentine works and performances. After this life-transforming event he went on to stage many monumental Light Works in mythical sites of cultural significance across the world, including Mount Aso volcano, Japan; Cappadocia, Turkey; Zocòlo, Mexico City; Gorges du Verdon, France; and Venetian palaces along the Grand Canal, Italy, representing Argentina for the Venice Biennale (1995). The most extraordinary ephemeral work he created —Imprints on the Andes (1992)— was a five-week light-expedition across the Andes mountain range that culminated at the Inca citadel Machu Picchu and Sacsayhuamán during the Inti Raymi, witnessed by two-hundred thousand Peruvian Indians.

Jorge Orta co-founded the Studio Orta with his partner the British artist Lucy Orta in 1992. They now work in partnership under the co-authorship Lucy + Jorge Orta.

Academic

La Sorbonne París

1985
Post: Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies: DEA Arts Plastiques

Cerider, Conicet, Irice

1982
Post: Membre of the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research Argentina

Universidad Nacional de Rosario

1975
Post: Professor of the Faculty of Fine Arts
Site: http://www.unr.edu.ar/

Universidad Nacional de Rosario

1973
Post: Degree Fine Art, Faculty of Fine Art
Site: http://www.unr.edu.ar/

Universidad Nacional de Rosario

1973
Post: Degree in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture
Site: http://www.unr.edu.ar/

Conferences - Workshops

La Sardegna è un' isola

2008
Type: Public lecture with James Putnam
Venue: Montessu, Villaperuccio, Sardegna
Site: http://www.cherimus.org

Life Nexus

2000
Type: Elaboration of the Universal Declaration Gift of Heart and workshop with the participation of 35 000 students from Meurthe-et-Moselle county high schools
Venue: Meurthe-et-Moselle county, Nancy, France

Life Nexus

2000
Type: Workshop with the local earthenware pottery artisans

Life Nexus

2000
Type: Workshop with the local pottery artisans

Life Nexus

2000
Type: Workshop with the 'Barro Negro' artisans and craftsmen

Life Nexus

2000
Type: Workshop with the Sèvres craftsmens
Venue: Manifacture Royal de Sèvres, Sèvres, France

Life Nexus

1997
Type: Workshop with the local earthenware pottery artisans

Life Nexus

1997
Type: Workshop with glassblowers

Life Nexus

1996
Type: Workshop with the staff and patients at Hôpital Robert Giffard
Venue: Hôpital Robert Giffard, Québec, Canada

Life Nexus

1996
Type: Workshop with local artisans working in terracota and recycled aluminium
Venue: Athens Sculpture Biennale, Athens, Greece

Life Nexus

1996
Type: Workshop with the Royal Limoges craftsmen and edition of 100 bicuit porcelain hearts
Venue: Manufacture Royal Limoges, Limoges, France

Awards

Ministère des affaires étrangères et européenne

1984
Scholarship

CONICET, National council for scientific research

1979
Research award

IRICE, Institute Rosario de Recherches en Sciences de l’Education

1978
Award for artistic excellence

Organisation des Etats Americains, Colombie

1978
Award for artistic excellence
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