Rupcich, Nicolás

Meisterschülerprüfung / 2015

Works on view:

Der Tod der Sonne (The Death of the Sun), Video HD, 9:10 min, audio stereo. 2015

Untitled, Video HD, 3D animation,  02:46 min, audio stereo. 2014

Vollmond (Full moon), Long exposure photography. 150×100 cm. 2015

II, 4K 3D Animation on hanging screen. 1:20 min loop, no audio. 2015



Untitled / 2014

Video HD, 3D animation. Audio stereo. 02:46 min. 2014

The video shows an animated wireframe of what appears to be a sea, in a way what we see it’s the images skeleton, which is interrupted by fragments of the same image but completed (with texture, lighting and environment). Those residual fragments give us an idea on how this structure could be once completed. Finally, the camera pulls back showing us that what appeared to be a big liquid volume, it’s defined by boundaries that cut the surface in a square, transforming the uniform matter into an object.

The audio was done databending stills from the video, transforming the images into audio, achieving an electronic sound that builds the atmosphere for this electric sea.

This incomplete images, fragments and undefined construction, show us the structural elements of this “post-produced nature” which has an aesthetic and origin behind the screen and not in direct reference with what nature looks like in reality.

Installation view at Lichtung, Rundgang HGB Leipzig 2015

No Land in Sight / 2013

2 Channels video Installation. Video HD. 15:10 min. loop

Nicolás Rupcich in collaboration with Felix Leffrank

No Land In Sight started with the collection of emblematic German landscapes as video footage. With this raw footage we did the recomposition of fictional landscapes following the aesthetical ideas of landscape design and German romantic painting to create an idealized image of nature.

Through different video post-production softwares, 3D and digital effects the images were edited over and over again in a way that the sense of “original material” is lost. In the video installation we see the process of post-production and how this images are endlessly altered. The 2 Channels are establishing a dialog between themselves and show how the landscapes are digitally constructed, deconstructed and constantly manipulated making visible their own flexibility.

Installation views at Cynetart, Dresden, 2013

Short video documentation

EDF [Format Error] / 2013

Video installation, video HD, 5:25 min audio stereo

In EDF (Error de Formato / Format Error) the Chilean Patagonian landscapes from the “Torres del Paine National Park” are the main protagonists. As the video develops the images are slowly been deleted. The intervention consists in a monumental black geometric figure that blocks the landscape images. What we finally see is similar to the logic of the “fade to black” transition, the difference here is that not only the two-dimensional image fades to black, but also the topography is gradually covered.

One of the main ideas in the project is the problem of digital representation in the context of the “post-photographic era”, where the photographic images are no longer the representation of reality, but a way of reality itself. The annulation of the geography in the screen is an effort for making a visually simple but strong intervention that make us aware of the ethereal quality of the digital representational surface.

Installation views at the 11th Media Arts Biennale, National Museum of Fine Arts. Santiago, Chile


A Better Life / 2013

digital photography, variable dimensions

ML / 2011

HD video. audio. 01:43 min.

In ML all the paintings have been digitally deleted from the Louvre Museum walls. The video shows tourist with their digital cameras in an empty room. The experience of one of the most famous images in the world, the “Mona Lisa”, can only be seen through the cameras LCD screens.

Installation views at Die Ecke gallery, Santiago, Chile, 2011

Big Pool / 2009

Nicolás Rupcich + Emilio Marín
HD video. Audio. 6:30 minutes

Big Pool is a video about the largest swimming pool in the world, located on the Chilean coast, in San Alfonso del Mar, Algarrobo. It was inaugurated in December 2006. With over one-thousand meters in length, two-hundred and fifty million liters of water and a size equivalent to six-thousand domestic swimming pools, this milestone has entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as one of the world’s unique constructions.
This 6:30 minutes video records this vast pool using shots that focus on the obvious artificiality of the location, it shows the surrounding buildings, the site and its relationship to the geographical environment.

Installation view at Chili, l’envers du décor, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France, 2010

Installation view at Dislocación in kontinuum, Juraplatz, Biel-Bienne, Switzerland, 2011

Installation view at Constellations, Beijing Biennale 798, Beijing, China, 2009


*1981 Santiago, Chile


2015 No Land in Sight at Die Ecke Barcelona – Loop Festival, Barcelona, Spain.
2015 FILE Festival, Fiesp Cultural Center – Ruth Cardoso, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2015 Del Remake al Restage, Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile
2015 ML at Videorama – Werkleitz, Halle, Germany
2014 Ars Electronica Festival, Best of Animation/Film/VFX, Linz, Austria
2014 Dis-Appearance [2], Westpol A.I.R. Space, Leipzig, Germany
2014 Algo es Algo, Galería Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile
2014 V_kunst, Galerie Maurer, Frankfurt, Germany
2014 Of Landscape, Reverse, New York, USA
2014 ¿Mar para Bolivia?, Centro Cultural Simon I. Patiño, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
2013 Cynetart, Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany
2013 11th Media Arts Biennale, National Museum of Fine Arts, Santiago, Chile
2013 I SEE, International video art festival, Chongqing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Pekin, China
2013 Radiaciones de Fondo, GGM, Santiago, Chile
2013 MICH, Casa de las Américas, La Havana, Cuba
2012 Grenner on the Other Side, Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland
2012 Súbita Política, Fundación Migliorisi, Asunción, Paraguay
2012 Festival OODAAQ Dʼimages Poétiques, Rennes, France
2012 Transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
2011 28th Kasseler Dokumentarfilm und Video Fest, Kassel, Germany
2011 Dislocación, Juraplatz, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
2010 Contaminaciones Contemporáneas, MAC USP, Sao Paulo, Brazil
2009 7º Bienal do Mercosul – Projetáveis, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2009 Trienal de Chile – El Terremoto de Chile, MAC QN, Santiago, Chile
2009 Beijing Biennale 798, Beijing, China
2008 Designed Territory, Die Ecke gallery, Santiago, Chile
2006 Automatic, Die Ecke gallery, Santiago, Chile