Coinciding with the upsurge of contemporary dance companies at the end of the 70s and especially during the 80s, video appears as a new tool for audiovisual creation, one much easier to access and use than film. Choreographers and dancers find that this new technology has very significant applications for the sector: on the one hand, as document and memory, very important things for an eminently ephemeral art; and on the other hand as a means for experimentation, through dialogue between the two languages, choreographic and audiovisual, in the search for a new space – a virtual space – for performance; and finally, and probably the most important, in times in which dance needed to create its audience, as a tool for the promotion and dissemination of dance in the media, that is, in something that was then very powerful: television.
Núria Font Solá. Videomaker and curator. Director of cultural projects related to video, videodance and the electronic arts.
As a videomaker: She began her professional career in 1980 at the Community Video Service of Barcelona. Since then she has worked with audiovisual companies in the making of advertising spots; with television networks such as TVE (Metrópolis, La 2), TV3 and Barcelona TV; she has created videodance works in collaboration with national and international choreographers and has also directed documentaries, promotional clips and recordings of the performances of various dance companies.
As an art and new media curator: For eight years she directed Espai Video at the Centre d'Art Santa Mònica and she directed three editions of the biennials of Electronic Arts and Video Creation (1998, 2000 and 2002). Since 2003 she has been the director of VAD, the International Video and Digital Arts Festival of Gerona.
As a curator of videodance and interactive dance: She directed, starting in 1984, the Mostra de Videodansa, a biennial event dedicated to images of dance, and a number of videodance programs in museums and other types of centres all over the world. She now directs the program of NU2’s, associació per a la creació, which organises the following activities, among others: the IDN festival, the program Territoris Dansa for Canal 33, videodance production through an annual dance project selection, research laboratories at l’Animal a l’esquen and an educational program for children and youth. In 2009 she was awarded the National Dance Prize of the Generalitat de Catalunya.