Lena Ortega Atristain (aka Leena Lee) – Sound artist, researcher, and designer with a Ph.D. in Art History from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). With a focus on contemporary art that utilizes nature and/or natural phenomena as mediums of expression, my doctoral studies delved into exploring these artistic constructions through the concept of atmosphere and the embodied experience of nature. Throughout a decade of practice-based research, my specialization has revolved around the interwoven relations of the wild and culture currently approaching these correspondences from the perspective of cohabitation. The focal point of my work encompasses sound environment ecology, bioacoustics, field recordings, and vocal exploration. By incorporating affective dimensions in listening practices, field observation, recording, and composition, I aim to encourage critical reflection on the spaces we cohabit and the meaning of being environmental entities. Bosque Vacío is my most recent collaboration with musician and sound researcher Guillermo Guevara, a proposal that creates atmospheres through harmonic/tonal exploration of sound and light, investigating the intertwined connections of natures/cultures from the viewpoint of shared dwelling. A project of overlapping topographies of significant spaces and affects. I am the host of the radio program Sin Superficie, la Piel no es el Límite, dedicated to the active practice of listening. This platform allows me to present works in sound ecology, sound art, and experimental music. I have published on the London-based label: Flaming Pines alongside singer and composer Vania Fortuna. Furthermore, I have had the privilege of teaching at the Art History Graduate Program at UNAM, the Environment University, the Faculty of Design and Architecture at La Salle University, and the Faculty of Arts and Design at UNAM. For over a decade, I have collaborated with Arte+Ciencia, an interdisciplinary research group at UNAM that works in intercrossing art, science, and humanities. As part of my research endeavors, I have been a visiting artist and scholar in various countries across Europe and Asia, participated in national and international exhibitions, and contributed articles to collective books on philosophy, design, and sound art magazines.
Sin Superficie and Atmósferas Armónicas
Bioartefactos, degranar lentamente un maíz. MACO, Oaxaca, Mexico 2014.
En el umbral ( y a solo a unos pasos de la dimensión sublime de la belleza. Museo Universitaio del Chopo, Mexico City 2014.
Sin origen, sin semilla, MuAC, MUCA ROMA, Mexico City, 2012-2013.