My friend Jose Aguirre is CEO and partner at Bestiario, www.bestiario.org, a multi-awarded information technology company based in Barcelona and Lisbon, dedicated to data dynamic representation and to the creation of digital spaces for the collective creation of knowledge. They combine art and science to design and create interactive information spaces. They developed a powerful framework based on graph theory, topological algorithms, physic models, geometrical and geographical representations. Three years ago he met Santiago and Andres Ortiz, matematician and architect, and cousins from Colombia and, amazed at their talent and capacities, they built Bestiario. Aguirre is an intuitive and passionate manager. In three years he has managed to get several international awards for Bestiario and is present in all international art-and-technology fairs.
Aguirre loved my self-portrait project and helped me with advice and top connections in Spain, which have brought me several jobs already. I asked him to try it himself. He said "If you want me to try, you'll have to give me at least three sessions...". I agreed, so these are our COLLABORATIVE SELF-PORTRAITS. We disagreed all the time on the choice of the works of art, but anyhow it was great to work with him.
I love this last image (below). Aguirre cares a
lot about his public image and it was hard for him to let go of control.. but
here he is completely relaxed and concentrated on his inner life, though still
strong in his determination to affirm his existence and accept himself