WomenCinemakers, Special Edition

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Women Cinemakers meets

Glasz DeCuir Lives and works in Hondarribia, Basque Country, Spain

An interview by Francis L. Quettier and Dora S. Tennant womencinemaker@berlin.com

Hello Glasz and welcome to : we would like to introduce you to our readers with a couple of questions regarding your background. Are there any experiences that did particularly influence your evolution as an artist? Moreover, does your cultural background direct the trajectory of your artistic research? Hello, I am glad you chose me to be included in WomenCinemakers :) Answering your question about influences, I think our “landscape” defines influences for each one in several ways. I am Basque, I was born in San Sebastian. This is the land where sculptor Jorge Oteiza (http://www.museooteiza.org/) is a remarkable example to follow, not only as sculptor as he was an influencer in all arts theory, aesthetics and experimental arts. His “Theory of Space” had been an important reference for all artists around here, and around the world. Not only on “arts” he had been followed by architects, writers, poets too. I am thinking now on “Quousque Tandem...!” (1) and “La Ley de los Cambios”(2) (The Rule of Changes) publications I suggest everyone to explore and read.

I had been lucky and I knew him directly because was friend of my father, so I met him when I was very young few times and I use to remind his advices. My father is artist too and had been involved in art themes during all his life, and also taught me a lot of things, overall, to have my own criteria and to try to use culture as a tool to make think, to get satisfied myself and to try to understand the world from a global point of view to a personal way and viceversa. Art is a way of living, and a way to contemplate all the mankind and the Universe. About Jorge Oteiza, I want to talk now about his wife Itziar. All we know at back a great artist there’s a great woman, and this is the example, too. Itziar was inspiration and hold for Oteiza often, an energetic woman who was dear friend of my mother too. Daily life with a creative person needs an special character, and both of them they were outstanding women. Itziar was a light for his husband and be sure we owe her support and trust on him a lot. I studied arts in San Fernando University Complutense of Madrid, later I had done workshops as pupil with Elena Asins (https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Asins). Elena Asins was a pioneer on computer arts in “Centro de Cálculo de la Universidad de Madrid” on the 70s in a project supported by IBM. She was during years on Arts research at Stuttgart

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