Manuel Saiz

Manuel Saiz started working as an artist in the 1980’s in Spain, creating paintings, sculptures, photography and installations. He shows regularly in public and commercial galleries worldwide.

In 1989 he showed a group of installations at the Sao Paulo Biennale and in 1990 he took part in Artificial Nature, curated by Jeffrey Deitch at the Deste Foundation in Athens.

Since 1995, he has worked mainly in video art and media installations. In 1998 he moved to London where he produced Video Hacking, a work that received honorable mention in Hamburger Short Film Festival. In 2005, he produced Specialized technicians Required: Being Luis Porcar, which was shown widely and got the first Prize in the Winterthur Kurtztfilm Festival and a special mention at Transmediale 06.

His installations have been shown in Intercommunication Center (Tokyo), Transmediale (Berlin), Whitechappel gallery (London), ICA (London), among other international venues.

His video productions have been shown at Impakt Festival (Utrecht), EMAF (Osnabruck), London Film Festival, Reina Sofia Art Centre (Madrid), VideoFormes (Clermont-Ferrand), World Wide Video Festival (Amsterdam), Rencontres Internationals Madrid Paris Berlin, among many others.

He has curated artist projects at Art Summer University (Tate Modern London), Communicating Vessels (Hara Museum Tokyo), 25hrs (El Raval Barcelona) or Video Dictionary (multiple venues), involving internationally known media artists.

Last year he had a nine month fellowship at the Spanish Academy in Rome. He has published several books such as The 2009 101 Excuses, How Art Legitimizes Itself and A Colossal Blog.

His video work is distributed by Montevideo in Amsterdam and Vtape in Toronto. He is represented by Galeria Moriarty (Madrid).

Artist Code: 730


Sic Transit

2009, 04:40 minutes, colour, English, German, Italian

The Two Teams Team

2008, 10:10 minutes, colour, English

Public Display of Affection

2008, 04:54 minutes, colour, English


2008, 03:16 minutes, colour

Duration Slice (landscape)

2008, 03:31 minutes, colour

Duration Slice

2008, 03:00 minutes, colour

Narcissus (Tautology)

2008, 04:04 minutes, colour

Points of View

2008, 10:00 minutes, colour, English

Parallel Paradises: Ecuador

2007, 08:49 minutes, colour

Parallel Paradises: Japan

2007, 04:19 minutes, colour

Transcendence of Networks: A Life (Numazu)

2006, 16:17 minutes, colour

Transcendence of Networks: A Life (Utrecht)

2006, 12:08 minutes, colour

Social Sculptures (Everybody is an artist)

2005, 09:12 minutes, colour

Parallel Universes Meet at Infinity

2004, 12:00 minutes, colour

All Resistance is Useless

2004, 02:58 minutes, B&W

20 Years Later

2003, 14:13 minutes, colour


2002, 02:00 minutes, colour

Mind Your Own Business (Cinema commercial)

2002, 01:15 minutes, colour

The Differend

2002, 19:38 minutes, colour, Spanish, English, French, Italian, Russian, Greek, Swedish,
Mandarin, Japanese, Portuguese and German


2000, 01:11 minutes, colour

Video Hacking

1999, 04:22 minutes, colour

The Burial of the Dead (Karaoke Remix)

1999, 05:21 minutes, colour, English, German

Critical Writing

Life and Nothing Else
by Pablo Llorca. Buffer, Apr. 22, 2008.
Manuel Saiz interviewed
by Cecilia Canziani. Parallel Universes, Jan. 2008.
Exceptional Routines: Video Art Since 1990
by Manuel Saiz. 25 hrs. International Video Art Festival, 2003.
In situ
by Melina Clifford and Gaetane Verna.
Speaking Bodies
by Nicole Gingras. Exhibition Catalogue, 2000. Ottawa: Gallery 101, 2000.