Nicolás Gullotta creates performative works that interrogate the site in which they are conceived. Previous works include Symposium on Outer Space Phenomena (2011), a public event at The Cultural Centre of Spain in Buenos Aires, which brought together a sociologist, a UFO specialist, an astronomer and an Air Force pilot to present their research and devise the first interplanetary flag. In another work, Fast, strong and sweet (2013), a wired circuit converted the kinetic energy produced by people exercising on treadmills at a gym to power a blender in a vending cart offering smoothies to the gym-goers.
During his residency at Gasworks, Gullotta produced new work in response to the series of lithographs by the English artist and illustrator Edward Lear titled Illustrations of the Family of the Psittacidae, or Parrot. Gullotta worked with a parrot trainer to teach a bird to imitate the sound of a 16mm camera. The trainer spent a month playing the sound of the camera to the animal, and toward the end of the residency Nicolás went to film the parrot imitating the camera as it was filming it, thus creating a feedback loop.
Nicolás presented a digital transfer of the finished film at the Open Studio event, alongside a print taken from a series of medium format images he shot of the parrot sitting on the 16mm camera used to make the film.
Nicolás Gullotta lives and works in Buenos Aires. He received a scholarship to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine (2014) and was artist-in-residence at Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam (2013). He was recently awarded a special mention at Faena Art Prize, Buenos Aires (2015).