Federico Díaz

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Federico Díaz
Education Academy of Fine Arts, Prague, CZE
Known for Systems art, Site-specific art, Installation art, Architecture
Notable work Outside Itself, Geometric Death Frequency-141, Sembion, Generatrix, Sakura

Federico Díaz is a visual activist of Czech-Argentinean descent, who lives and works in Prague. He has exhibited at the Mori Art Museum Tokyo, CAFA Museum Beijing, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Ars Electronica Linz, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Basel in Miami Beach (in collaboration with MoMA PS1), the Florence Biennale, at the 54thVenice Biennale, the Brno House of Arts, and had a project with the University of Cambridge. In 2010 he represented Czech art at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. In 2007 he received the Premio Internazionale Lorenzo il Magnifico for digital media at the Florence Biennale.

Díaz seeks to use media and technologies as a socio-political catalyst of social changes.[1] His latest long term project BIG LIGHT follows an ongoing series of presentations pressing topics of relationship between nature, human kind and the vision of conscious machines equipped with a highly developed AI.[2]

From 2007 to 2014 Díaz was the Head of the Supermedia Studio at Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.


Díaz graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (1990–1997).[3] In 1993 he received a scholarship to Alexander Dorner Kreis. He has also completed a research fellowship at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris and at the Soros Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA-Ljubljana).[3]


Díaz was a lecturer at Masaryk University in Brno, where he took part in creating the Digital Media specialization at the Faculty of Social Studies [4]. In Prague, he was the Head of the Supermedia Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (AAAD), which he founded together with Rafani art group member David Kořínek[5]. He has also lectured at Columbia University in New York City, Storefront for Art and Architecture, University at Buffalo and Gramazio & Kohler Architecture and Digital Fabrication, ETH Zürich.[citation needed]


Díaz is associated with a pro-science orientation in contemporary art. In his work, science and art are two equal, integral parts.[6] Philosopher Miroslav Petřiček, who has worked with Díaz since 2008, says “Art is an analogue of science, but we just don’t know which serves as a model for the other.”[7] For Díaz, science is important as a framework of understanding.[8]

Díaz’s work is formed together with sources of inspiration from throughout 20th-century art. His approach to art and the concept that the world is a field of diverse energetic vibrations have been essential to Díaz’s development in contemporary art.[9]

Alanna Heiss, the founder and till recently the Director of MoMA PS1 in New York, requested that Díaz’s installation Ultra represent MoMA PS1 at Miami Art Basel. She explains, “Diaz’s installation, ULTRA, is in many ways a visualization of metaphysical space. With roots in Eastern Europe and South America, Díaz’s interest in futurism and modernism stems from two continents. His practice encompasses the Utopian attitudes of the 1960s as well as the advanced materials of this century.”[10]

Thomas M. Messer, Director Emeritus of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, says the following about Diaz’s work: “The work of Federico Diaz may be seen in terms parallel to music, which is made up of tonalities and of rhythms. In the visual arts, these elements correspond to colors and forms. Díaz’s static and kinetic elements thus combine to yield a high degree of expressiveness, which, again as in the case of music, remains without representational intent.”[11]

Díaz speaks about the power of man, opportunities for better education and understanding among societies and people.[2]


  • Dehibernation I, II (1993-1994), exhibited at the Biennale of Young Art at City Gallery Prague in 1994 and at the Netz Europa exhibition in Linz, Austria.[citation needed]
  • Sembion (2003-2004), created in cooperation with the Research Centre at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and Jiří Ševčík, a Czech art theorist. The project has been presented at Die Algorithmische Revolution at Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, and Institute of Contemporary Arts London.[citation needed]
  • Geometric Death Frequency-141 (2010), a site-specific installation for MASS MoCA in Massachusetts.[12]
  • Outside Itself (2011), created specifically for the Arsenale at the Venice Biennial 2011 as part of ILLUMInations.[13]
  • You Welded the Ornament of the Times (2014), Walls in the CAFA Art Museum in Beijing acts as a canvases for recording the action; an automated plotter system layers traditional ink on the surface, creating a permanent record of this ephemeral activity.
  • Eccentric Gravity (2015), utilises the architectural features of Prague Castle's Belvedere Palace as the ground plan for a reflection on the building history.
Eccentric Gravity
  • BIG LIGHT (2016), The Brno House of Arts handed over its historic International Style galleries to Díaz, to create an experimental laboratory and its information centre.
  • Spin
  • Fermion
  • Photon I, II
  • 7
  • Generatrix
  • Mnemeg
  • Voxel
  • Pulsar

Visual activism[edit]

  • Resonance
  • Fluid F1
  • Sakura
  • Efekt
  • Ultra
  • Adhesion
  • Lacrimau


  • Nostalgia
  • Suproportion
  • Binary Star
  • Air


  • Rain Forest Drawings
  • Ink Paintings


  • Up
  • Muscoxen
  • Empact


Since the early 1990s, Díaz has exhibited at festivals and new media group exhibitions in Europe and Japan. His first solo exhibition was at City Gallery Prague in 1997, and since that time his solo exhibitions in the Czech Republic have been held at the Moravian Gallery in Brno, Mánes Exhibition Hall, Prague Castle Riding School, the National Gallery in Prague, and the Brno House of Arts. [2]

He has also exhibited at numerous international exhibitions and prominent institutions, including the Institute of Contemporary Art and Royal Institute of British Architects in London, ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (2004), Fondation Electricité de France in Paris (2003), Ars Electronica Festival in Linz (2005) and Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (2005). Important recent projects have included MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts (2010), the 54th Venice Biennial (2011), a project in collaboration with the University of Cambridge (2017).[2]

SLS object from his Resonance project is a part of permanent collection at the newly opened FRAC Centre in Orleans, France.[14]


Díaz received a special award from the Nicola Trussardi Foundation for his work Generatrix at Milano Europe Futuro Presente in 2001. In 2007 he received the Premio Internazionale “Lorenzo il Magnifico” award at the Florence Biennale for his project Sakura[15].

From 1996 till 2002 he was a finalist for the Jindřich Chalupecký Award, which is granted to Czech artists under 35 years of age[16].


  1. ^ 1954-, Heartney, Eleanor,; Alanna., Heiss,; Italy), Arsenale novissimo (Venice,; 2011), Biennale di Venezia (54th : (2011). Federico Díaz : outside itself. Charta. ISBN 9788881588220. OCLC 781262826. 
  2. ^ a b c d BIG LIGHT. Czech Republic: BIG LIGHT. 2016. ISBN 9788070091746. 
  3. ^ a b Various authors. Federico Díaz E AREA. Resonance. Charta Art Books, 2009.
  4. ^ "ne100". www.ne100.org. Retrieved 2017-05-27. 
  5. ^ "Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze". www.umprum.cz. Retrieved 2017-05-27. 
  6. ^ 1958-, Thompson, Joseph,; Art., Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary (2010). Federico Díaz : geometric death frequency 141. Charta. ISBN 9788881587933. OCLC 707609090. 
  7. ^ group), E Area (Art; Center., P.S. 1 Contemporary Art; 2008), Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami Beach, Fla.) (7th : (2008). Resonance : Federico Díaz, E Area : visual activism, installations, architecture. Charta. ISBN 8881587211. OCLC 317559409. 
  8. ^ group), E Area (Art; Center., P.S. 1 Contemporary Art; 2008), Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami Beach, Fla.) (7th : (2008). Resonance : Federico Díaz, E Area : visual activism, installations, architecture. Charta. ISBN 8881587211. OCLC 317559409. 
  9. ^ Alanna., Heiss, (2012). Federico Diaz : outside itself. Charta Art. ISBN 8881588226. OCLC 766343952. 
  10. ^ group), E Area (Art; Center., P.S. 1 Contemporary Art; 2008), Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami Beach, Fla.) (7th : (2008). Resonance : Federico Díaz, E Area : visual activism, installations, architecture. Charta. ISBN 8881587211. OCLC 317559409. 
  11. ^ group), E Area (Art; Center., P.S. 1 Contemporary Art; 2008), Art Basel Miami Beach (Miami Beach, Fla.) (7th : (2008). Resonance : Federico Díaz, E Area : visual activism, installations, architecture. Charta. ISBN 8881587211. OCLC 317559409. 
  12. ^ Joseph Thompson, Federico Díaz, Jeffrey Kipnis, Alanna Heiss. Federico Díaz. Geometric Death Frequency –141. Charta Art Books, 2010.
  13. ^ Alanna Heiss, Eleanor Heartney. Outside Itself. Charta Art Books, 2011.
  14. ^ "Frac Centre". 
  15. ^ "Artisti Premiati 2007 - Florence Biennale". Florence Biennale (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-05-30. 
  16. ^ "http://www.cjch.cz/cz/article/federico-diaz". www.cjch.cz. Retrieved 2017-05-30.  External link in |title= (help)

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