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Experience SUBLIME-LESS: An artistic interpretation from Colombia and Chile

Updated: Jun 19, 2021

Under the leadership of artist Sergio Mantilla from Colombia and in collaboration with Sergio Mora-Díaz and Nicolás Rupcich from Chile, we present Sublime-less an artistic vision of the effects of human intervention on living organisms and systems in Colombia and Chile.

The title Sublime-less, reflects less “exalted” spaces than they could be because of Imperceptible changes to the eye

To show this changes, through videos and photographs, using electronic means the artists capture and enhance variations in the temperature and composition of landscapes and organisms through light, sound, color and movement.

The Pieces

In the case of Mantilla, the artist traveled to the the Sabrinzki Desert and the Mataredonda Park, located in the Department of Cundinamarca in Colombia. He took photos of some areas in these protected regions and using electronic tools measured changes in temperature and depth. The results of his observations are shown in artistic videos and images.

Through light, sound, lines and mathematical formulas Mora-Diaz, interprets the relationship between physical spaces, nature and the human body. For this installation, he presents images of the movement of five thousand mining trucks, as well as the cells involved in the formation of blood clots in more than 600 patients and the movement of live system through geometric patterns.

Rupcich exhibits his work “Chepu”, recorded on Chiloé Island, in southern Chile. He visualizes the transformation of the landscape image with sound and color techniques that highlight the mortality of nature through the digitalized picture to draw attention to the violent environmental changes caused by human intervention.

Curated by Antonieta Clunes, Sublime-less bonds media artists from Colombia and Chile, that have exhibit nationally and internationally. With their work audiences in the United States can experience the electronic art of those countries and the influence of digitalization in the art of these countries.

The exhibit will be shown at the the Embassy of Colombia in the United States thanks to the Plan to Promote Colombia Abroad the collaboration between the diplomatic missions of Colombia and Chile, the Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States and the AMA Foundation of Chile.

To meet the artists and the curator, connect to the opening discussion: June 22 at 5 pm ET * FB channels of the Chilean and Colombian Embassies *

The opening event will take place on June 23 at 6.30 pm .


Sergio Mantilla

Sergio Mantilla is a Colombian multidisciplinary artist who has focused his work on electronic media and audiovisual communication. His work takes multiple forms such as installation works, light sculptures, video art pieces, photography and audiovisual performances.

Explore the relationship between humans and their perception of time. Use light and analyze how it manipulates and changes time and space. It also shows the balances and tensions between the analog and digital worlds.

Nicolas Rupcich

Nicolás Rupcich, Chilean, lives and works in Leipzig, Germany. His work covers different media, concentrating mainly on experimentation with photography, video, and animation. Questions about how digital images are produced today are a starting point for many of his projects.

Sergio Mora-Diaz

Sergio Mora-Díaz is a media artist based in Santiago de Chile. His work explores digital technologies and light as mediators between physical space, nature, the body, and human perception.


Mineral Traces (2021) Sergio Mora-Diaz Mineral Traces is a series of four pieces of generative video that visualize extraction, movement and export data of the main raw materials in Chile, which are used industrially for energy generation and the development of electronic devices.

The work proposes to reflect on the productive and technological processes and their impact on the territory on a local and global scale.

Islas de calor V.1 (2021) Sergio Mantilla Soler.

Multichannel installation A process that captures atmospheric data in specific areas in Colombia (The desert and the paramo), to check the temperature increase of the earth's surface. This phenomenon known as heat islands is produced by the occupation of the territory like urbanization, industrialization, deforestation, and growth, which changes wind direction at the surface and increase the loss of permeability of the soils. The installation reveals some of the effects of climate change.

Chepu, (2018) Nicolás Rupcich

“Chepu” was recorded on the Chiloé island, in southern Chile. The title of the video is homonymous of a river of this island, that has a dead forest around it. There you can see trunks of trees on the surface of the water. This place was chosen because it functions as an antithesis to the commercial representation of this landscape.

From the market of high and ultra high definition, this image shows a bright, dazzling and artificial reality, which merges with our most everyday reality. You can see the extreme manipulation of the image.

Post-processed landscapes images are migrating into the unreal and fictional. Thanks to the digitalization of the world, we now see these images as our natural landscape.

In this video the images of a dead forest have been digitally intervened and it makes violence visible.


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