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Santiago Echeverry

Santiago Echeverry (he|him|they) is a Colombian-American New Media Artist and
Educator, with a background in Video Art, Performance Art, Interactive Media, and Artivism.
Participating since 1989 in some of the most important film and media festivals in the world, Echeverry is considered a pioneer in Net Art and Queer Filmmaking in Latin America.
In 1992, he graduated top of the inaugural class of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia’s Film and Television School.
In 1995, he was awarded the prestigious 
Fulbright Grant to earn his Master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications at NYU. 

He started teaching at the University of Tampa in 2005, got tenured in 2009, and promoted to full Professor in 2022 as a founding member of the Film, Animation and New Media Department.
His research is focused on volumetric imaging, front-end development, UI/UX, and creative coding


Bend In April of 2005 I received a desperate email from someone who argued that he had sex with me a few years ago and that he is now infected with HIV. He wishes that I am also infected with the virus and that "I die and suffer in the worst possible way". He used the nickname George Tower, a name I do not remember. I immediately replied to this email but unfortunately my message bounced back. The reply-to address did not exist. In my response I was saying that I do not have HIV and that he should look for advice and support because being HIV positive does not mean that he has to suffer and die. I tell him that he needs treatment and help, and I can provide some support if he ever needs it. Because the message did not go through, I decided to create SIDA/AIDS as a method of understanding what was going on in the mind of George Tower - as of 2023, I still do not know who this person is. The only way I could let that person know that I care about his illness was by creating and posting this interactive animation, de-constructing his message looking for hidden messages and using a mathematical algorithm that I created in order to visualize the chaos that he is living in. His email becomes a flock of words that grow and fill the screen until they lose their meaning, acquiring only an aesthetic significance. To play with the interactive kinetic typography piece, please visit


screen capture of interactive project, 2:30, 1080P, 24FPS, color,
stereo HTML5/Javascript, 2005/2023

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