Pedro Ortuño is a multimedia artist born in Valencia (Spain) in 1966. Doctor in Fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in 2002. Currently Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Murcia. He combines teaching art making and research with the curating audiovisual exhibitions.
As an artist, he has been exhibiting his work internationally since 1990 at such institutions as: The Museum and Center for Humanistic Studies (MCEH), Puerto Rico (2018), Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona (2018), Latin American Film Festival of Havana, Cuba, (2017), Kaunas Castle Museum of Lithuania (2016), Museo do Lanificio de Covilha, in Portugal (2013), Valencia Institute of Modern Art – IVAM (2012), Parallel Events Manifesta 8, Murcia (2010); Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe ZKM, Germany (2009); Espaivisor, Valencia (2009); Gasworks, London (2008); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, (1995, 2006, 2008); Sala Verónicas, Murcia, (2007); Medialab Madrid-PhotoEspaña, (2004); Metrònom Foundation, Barcelona, (2002); II Valencia Biennial, Líneas de fuga (2001); La Gallera Hall, Valencia, (1998); Parpalló Hall, Valencia (1995); Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York (1993-1994); II Barcelona Biennial (1992); Osnabruck European Media Art Festival (1991). He has curated various audiovisual exhibitions and programs, such as Miradas al videoarte at the Puertas de Castilla Cultural Center in Murcia (2006-2016), and Off Bollywood at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (2009) and Sala Parpalló in Valencia (2010).
He moved to New York in 1991 and worked between 1991 and 1994 as an assistant in various artists’ studios (Juan Downey, Antoni Muntadas, Ken Feingold) and obtained an Artist in Residence Grant at DCTV (Downtown Community Television Center, New York). He completed his postgraduate studies at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf (Germany) with Nan Hoover (1995) and at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago with Kate Horsfield, co-founder of Video Data Bank (1997).
Founder of the Arte y Políticas de Identidad (Art and the Politics of Identity) research group at the University of Murcia in 2007, he has been its Principal Investigator until 2018. In 2009 he founded the academic journal Arte y Políticas de Identidad, which he has been directing until the present. He has been the Director of the 1st and 2nd Arte y Políticas de Identidad International Conferences, held in 2017 and 2019.
He has participated in several government-funded R+D+i projects related to identity politics and underground cinema and video. He is currently the Principal Investigator of two projects: The national project “Connected Bodies. Identity art and cartography in transmedia society” (HAR2017-84915-R, 2018-2021), co-directed with Laura Baigorri, and “Reset: Mar Menor. Imaginary laboratory for a landscape in crisis” (2017-2020), funded by the Carasso Foundation and the University of Murcia, and co-directed with Clara Boj. He is the editor of the book La imagen pensativa, ensayo visual y prácticas contemporáneas en el Estado español, 16 miradas al videoarte (Brumaria 2018), which was the result of the screening and exhibition program “Miradas al videoarte,” which he curated and ran between 2007 and 2016.
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