Lucia Simón Medina

Lucia Simón Medina

Vienna, Austria

About Lucia Simón Medina

Since 2014 I have been working professionally as an artist, visualizing through drawing, crypto algorithms used for digital security. In my aesthetic research, I examine and deal with temporality, thinking processes, and production of technoscientific knowledge.

My work has been evolving around prime numbers for several years because they are an unresolved problem of mathematics and they have been playing a key role within the development of crypto algorithms since the 70s.
Mathematicians have devised a way to link the difficult problem of factoring with the codes that protect the finances of the entire world on the Internet, because of the incredibly long times this requires. Just to give you an idea, factoring a number of more than one hundred digits means having to verify more numbers than the number of particles existing in the observable universe.

Some of my diagrams, to see as work samples on my website, are inspired by RSA, one of the first Public-Key cryptographic systems. These diagrams are possible images of crypto phenomena, which is usually presented as black boxes. Each line connects pairs of prime numbers. The manual work of drawing simbolyzes the computational power and time consumed for this kind of operation.

Education

2016 MFA Interdisciplinary Art, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig, DE

2010 BFA Universidad de Castilla La-Mancha, BBAA Cuenca, ES

2008 Erasmus Program, Aki Academy of Art and Design, Enschede, NL

Events

Artist Residencies

2020 AIR Embassy of Foreign Artists in Geneva, CH

2019 AIR–ARTIST IN RESIDENCE Niederoesterreich, Krems, AT

2018 AIR Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, AT

2018 Studio das Weisse Haus in cooperation with Orbital Residency, Vienna, AT

2017 Berlin Fellowship Akademie der Künste Berlin, DE

2017 AIR Programme of Austrian Federal Chancellery and KKA, Vienna, AT

2009 European Exchange Academy Residence, Beelitz, Brandenburg, DE
Fellowships and awards

2018 Recherchestipendium von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, Berlin, DE

2016 Premio de Artes Plásticas Gobierno de Cantabria, Santander, ES

2016 Förderpreis des ZC Goslar St. Barbara „Frauen in künstlerischen Berufen“, Goslar, DE

2015 Propuestas 2015, VEGAP and Z Espacio, Madrid, ES

2015 Deutschlandstipendium, Bundes Ministerium für Bildung und Forschung, DE

2014 Generación 2015, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES

2012 Workshop-Fellowship with Lothar Baumgarten, Fundación Botín, Santander, ES
Artists presentations

2018 5 Uhr Tee, Kunst Universitat Linz, AT

2018 Agora Artes, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, DE

2018 Impact 18 – Matter in movement: Practices of resistance in art, technology and science, Symposium, Pact Zollverein, Essen, DE

2018 Wednesdays with Lucía Simón Medina in conversation with Gerald Straub, das Weisse Haus, Viena, AT

2017 PLENUM, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, DE

Exhibitions

Solo/duo exhibitions

2020 Insuficiencias descriptivas, EXHIBIT Lab, Santander, ES

2019 Conjuntos de unión, Centro Parraga, Murcia, ES

2019 Time Signatures, Galerie Stadtpark, Krems, AT

2018 IN PARABOLA, dr. julius | ap, Berlin, DE

2017 El nombre en la punta de la lengua, Espacio Alexandra, Santander, ES

2017 G.F.B.R.L.W.W.V.H.C.W.M.J.L.A.M.B., Mexikanisches Kultur Institut, Vienna, AT

2016 TO A R IE, Konsumverein Braunschweig, DE

2015 G.F.B.R.L.W.W.V.H.C.W.M.J.L.A.M.B., ArteSantander Mäss Gallery, Santander, ES


Group exhibitions (selection)

2020 Art Genève, EoFA, Genève, CH

2019 Gemalte Diagramme, Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Inglostadt, DE

2019 CENTURY, 100 years of bauhaus, dr. julius | ap, Berlin, DE

2019 Proof of Concept, dr. julius | ap, Berlin, DE

2018 RetroProSpekt MODERNE - Akademie der Künste Berlin, DE

2018 Decade One - dr. julius | ap, Berlin, DE

2017 Evgenija Wassilev & Gäste - Open Studio des Atelierhauses Naumannpark Haus 34 , Berlin, DE

2016 Propuestas 2015 - Z Espacio, Zumaia, ES

2016 Works Presentation - AIR Austrian Federal Chancellery and KulturKontakt Austria, Vienna, AT

2016 On drawing - Galerie Lage Egal, Berlin, DE

2015 Grafización - Espacio Trapezio, Madrid, ES

2015 Generación 2015 - La Casa Encendida, Madrid, ES

2015 Tejiendo el futuro - Biblioteca Central de Cantabria, Santander, ES

2014 Domino dancing - Galeria Plan B, Cluj Napoca, RO

2013 Shooting Animals - Nieders,ächchsische Landesvertretung, Berlin, DE

2012 Space-time-ritual-procedure-relation-material- proportion-vision - Fundación Botín, Santander, ES

2009 I don´t know whether I´m coming or going - EEA, Beelitz, Brandenburg, DE
Works in public collections

Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, DE

Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Lima (LiMAC), PE

Fundación Montemadrid, Madrid, ES

Gobierno de Cantabria, ES
Bibliography

2019 Gemalte Diagramme. Bauhaus, Kunst und Infografik. Exhibition Catalogue. Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt, DE

2015 Generación 2015. Exhibition Catalogue. Fundación Montemadrid, ES