Do we see a hat or an elephant inside a boa ?
“Collective Pareidolia – art & ecology” is a group of people, artists, researchers who share above all an ecological commitment and the intense desire to create together. “Pareidolia” from the Greek “eidos: form” and “pare: close to” is an optical illusion which consists in interpreting and associating a shapeless and ambiguous visual stimulus with a clear and identifiable element, often a human or animal form, or objects that emerge from the imagination and perceptual history of each individual.
Thus, we have come together in a participatory and creative process that seeks to rethink current environmental issues. In an attempt to respond to this crisis, we believe it is urgent to develop a deep work on the imagination and on our attention. In this sense, art emerges as a primary means of expression, through which we learn to see again and to observe the world around us differently.
Shewas born in 1985 in Santiago de Chile, Chile. After an education as a contemporary dancer, choreographer and pedagogue at Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, (« Espiral »), she moved to Paris in 2011 to study a master in dance research and analysis at the University Paris 8 – Saint-Denis, in which she started her research on Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch. In 2011 she also received the FONDART price for her interdisciplinary choreographical work « Un Viaje a Macondo ». In 2013, Valentina received the CONICYT scholarship to continue her research on Pina Bausch’s work in form of a PhD with her mentor Isabelle Ginot. Between 2013 and 2015 Valentina organized workshops, lectures and conferences by dancers from Tanztheater Wuppertal in her hometown in Chile. Since 2015 she is also teaching methodology of dance research in different institutions in France and Chile. In 2019, Valentina received a PhD in Aesthetiques, Sciences and Technologies of the Arts – specialised in Dance and Art of Gesture with her thesis « Une corporéité de la solitude. Pour une esthétique de la danse de Pina Bausch ». Since April 2019, she lives in Wuppertal, Germany, and was invited by Sophia Otto and Bénédicte Billiet to join the company « Entretemps (Germany-France-Chile). In January 2020, together with Hugo Cordeau they create “Pareidolia collectif – art & ecology”. In parallel, she is a yoga practitioner (especially Ashtanga) since 2005.
After training and a diploma in Multimedia graphic designer at the Institut National de Formation et d’Application (France) in 2008, he studied in the advertising agency of Rue du Commerce as a web designer. He then joined the nascent team of the MadMix Media agency (Paris, France), after having obtained his 3D graphic designer diploma, and finally started his independent activity in 2011. Hugo then produced animations for various Parisian communication agencies. He evolves with Adobe Photoshop, Animate (old Flash), and After effect software, in order to move towards motion design.
A few years later, he considers that his work, although technically very interesting, lacks meaning and ethics, and wishes to give it a more ecological fiber and more aware of social issues. He then developed, in parallel with his independent activity, a collaboration with Valentina Morales within the Pareidolia collective. She and he created the piece “Des Himmels Blau”, which they performed in December 2019 in Wuppertal (Germany) with the help of Cie Entretemps.
Finally, new desires emerge and gradually, he deploys more energy and time in the education of his child as well as in the audio-visual support of research projects, dance and ecology, while living more soberly.
Jean POULHALEC is a composer, arranger, guitarist who graduated from the “American school of modern music” in 2012. He has worked as a guitarist and bassist for various groups including: Ours, Colombine, Julien Granel, Kungs, Ex-ile, Bumby. He has also been a guitarist for Juliette Armanet since 2017. He also specializes in the musicalization of documentaries, short films, video games as well as in live shows, in particular for the pieces by Caroline Duffau.
Damiano Ottavio Bigi
He was born in 1982 in Rome in Italy. He began his studies of Classical Dance at the Nabila El Kattam Host Dance School (Rome) and at the Rome Opera he perfected his knowledge. In 1997 he moved to France where he began his training in Contemporary Dance at the International Center of Rosella Hightower (Cannes). He finished his studies at the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers. He worked for prestigious choreographers such as Joelle Bouvier, Claude Brumachon and Benjamin Lamarche (National Choreographic Center of Nantes), Cyrill Davy (France), Abou Lagraa (France) and Alvaro Restrepo (Colombia). Since 2006 he has been a member of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, a company with which he participated in the film “Pina” by Wim Wenders. He also works as an independent choreographer and dancer since 2006.
Baccalaureate in Dance, Cultural Mediator and Agricultural Engineer. She has done academic work in universities, in the fields of choreographic composition and critical appreciation of dance, and as a teacher in kindergartens, schools and other educational projects. She has experience in management, cultural production and artistic creation, with independent companies and groups in Chile. Since 2007, she has been the co-creator of “Corriente Danza”, a mediation project for the training of school audiences. She works as an independent artist, in scenic and audiovisual creation and is part of the companies “Innata” and Ballet Municipal de Cámara de Valdivia.