Hector Leiva ’08 ’11 has always seen a connection between art and technology. In fact, he considers art to be a way to humanize technology. His time at MICA only reinforced that concept, as he was urged to explore ways to merge the two through the use of programming and video installations.
“My peers and professors provided a great climate for what happened in my career as an artist,” Leiva said. In addition to his work creating videos and installations, Leiva works fulltime as a gallery associate in New York, where he maintains the website and does color proofs for clients to take home. He is also a freelance website designer and has created an iPhone app called The Matter of Memory, which allows users to listen to audio created by past inhabitants of a particular location.
“I really wanted to explore the fact that places have histories and people create their own memories and their own realities,” Leiva said. “Like art, technology can give us another perspective into what it might truly mean to be human,” he said.