Conversations on Art & Collaboration with Roberto Romero-Molina, Lance Austin Olsen & Luis Ituarte
We met Roberto, Lance and Luis this past summer on a visit to Tijuana. Roberto or “Bocho”, had agreed to meet for an interview and talk about his latest artistic work. However, when we arrived at his studio one afternoon, we found ourselves walking into an unexpected and delightful encounter with not only Roberto Romero-Molina, but also Lance Austin Olsen and Luis Ituarte.
We sipped coffee and nibbled on some “coyotas” (sonoran style cookies) while they shared their story on how they became collaborators and exchanged views on their artistic work, their processes and collaboration in general.
It turns out that Roberto and Lance were getting ready for their final work show after having collaborated during an artist in residence program at La Casa del Tunel by invitation of Luis Ituarte. Each with their unique style, they joined to create a sound piece they performed a few days after the interview at Mariposa Gallery (across the street from La Casa del Tunel). You can listen to a recording of that performance here: https://soundcloud.com/romero-molina/14june13
The three were cool enough to let us record the whole conversation, but for practical purposes, edited here, you have a mere 27 minute long audio piece that includes snippets of historical background on their relationship, thoughts on collaboration, and perspectives on sound partially depicted by the background sounds/music/ambient you will hear throughout the recording.
Roberto Romero-Molina, Lance Austin Olsen and Luis Ituarte are three artists who are probably better described through their work, rather than our insufficient words. Therefore, we invite you to check out their work on each of their websites and links.
You can see Lance Austin Olsen’s visual art work that resulted from his stay at La Casa del Tunel’s artist in residence program here: http://lanceolsen.tumblr.com/ and find & listen to more of his individual and collaborative sound work here:
Some of Roberto Romero-Molina’s work can be heard on https://soundcloud.com/romero-molina &
http://www.mixcloud.com/roberto-romero-molina/ and can be found on FB https://www.facebook.com/r.romero.molina.
Luis Ituarte’s work can be seen online http://www.luisituarte.com/, and you can read more on La Casa del Tunel and the Border Council of Arts & Culture here: http://www.cofac101.org/
Last but not least, stay tuned for more on these artists’ ongoing collaboration. They are currently working on an installation based on the history and situation of La Casa del Tunel.
Photo stills from Roberto, Lance & Luis’s current collaborative project on La Casa del Tunel.
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