Crafting the Future

At the “Crafting the Future” workshop, part of DEAF (Dutch Electronic Arts Festival) in Rotterdam, I embarked on a creative journey with a group of design professionals from Italy, Brazil, the Netherlands and Germany. The two-day workshop introduced me to 3d printing (a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file), and posed the challenge: Can 3d printing…


An edible installation incorporating history and nourishment through a visual-poetic synthesis of literature from the Spanish conquest in Mexico. Extracting symbology about gold and amaranth (two goods that suffered from colonization), the project draws physical and conceptual parallels between the two materials. Amaranth, a little-known crop of the Americas, is grown either as a grain…

Negotiating the Divide

A movement study created in response to the thread & cement installations by Fae Young-Scherling, on display in Atwater Place as part of McBride’s site-based installation showcase About Space. Garments by Alicia Marván. Choreography by Heidi Diaz. Sculpture by Fae Young-Scherling. At Heidi McBride Gallery, Portland, OR. Duration: 20 minutes.


A multimedia performance rooted in romantic emotions, drawing paralells between vegetable and human flesh. While a video plays a heart-shaped beet that is cut, shredded and re-arranged in the shape of a heart, a performer prepares roasted beet and goat cheese salad for the audience. Concept, video and performance by Alicia Marván. La Nave, Coatepec,…


A site-specific dance film in collaboration with video artist Emilia Gálvez, honouring the memory of a departed friend. Screenings in Portugal, Uruguay, Brasil, Chile and Mexico. Presented by the festivals Agite y Sirva, Female Sessions, Ciclo Play 09 and In Shadow. Duration: 3 minutes.

The Sculptural Body in Space

A site-specific performance commissioned by the University of the Americas (UDLA), Puebla, Mexico, in partnership with IntegrARTE. Concept and design: Alicia Marván. Development and performance: UDLA students. Duration: 60 minutes.

Analogous Structures

A site-specific performance amongst Ernesto Neto’s fragrant installation “Mother Body Emotional Densitites, for Alive Temple Time Baby Son”, made of lycra and spices. Concept and direction: Alicia Marván. Development and performance: Jane Blount, Ron Estes, Justin Morrison, Leslie Seiters and Jessica Radulovich. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Duration: 30 minutes.

Zero-crossings (2007)

A site-specific performance amongst Richard Serra’s sculptures, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. In mathematics, a “zero-crossing” is a point where a graph crosses the horizontal axis (zero value). Inspired by the term and the site’s constant flux of people from USA and Mexico, two dancers slowly collide, representing the two cultures’…

Passing for Four (2004)

A dance and sculpture dialog designed and directed by Alicia Marván. Performed by: Margaret Paek. Music: Miya Masaoka. Presented by Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego CA. Duration: 10 minutes.

Incubation (2002)

A movement study by Alicia Marván. Performed by Alicia Marván and Margaret Paek. Music by Hans Fjellestad. Presented by Sushi Performance and Visual Art, San Diego CA. Duration: 3 minutes.