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UTSA Art Collection: Artist of the Month Guillermina Zabala writes with light in her latest work

Guillermina Zabala
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Guillermina Zabala, still from her video piece "Oda al tango y el CineX" and excerpt from her video, "I, Me, Light"

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(April 18, 2011)--Guillermina Zabala, originally from La Plata, Argentina, is a San Antonio-based media artist, filmmaker and photographer. Additionally, she is the media arts director for SAY Si, an award-winning youth arts program in San Antonio.

Her work will be included in an upcoming UTSA Art Collection publication on the artists and their works of art from the collection. Arturo Almeida, art specialist and curator of the collection, exhibited Zabala's work in the 2008 Blue Star Contemporary Art Center exhibition, "Arte Latina: ROAR and FOTOGRAMA" at Galeria Ortiz Contemporary.

Her most recent project, "I, Me, Light," based on the song, "I, Me, Mine" by George Harrison, was part of the Luminaria event at HemisFair Park. Her four-channel video installation was set in one of the water fountains by the Tower of the Americas, and each screen projected a series of video portraits of San Antonio citizens writing one word that represented himself or herself.

After she filmed each person, she highlighted the word with light, which created a light-writing effect. While Harrison's song is a critique of the "material body as our false self and material possessions as temporary," Zabala reinvents the concept of self and body in her pieces in a positive manner that depicts her human subjects as full of light.

Zabala now is focusing her time and energy on a non-traditional documentary on which she has been working for three years, "Juanito's Lab." The film explores the struggle of Juanito, a young blind musician who plays 14 instruments, and highlights his efforts to find his own voice among the Conjunto music movement in South Texas.











Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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