madrid sin palabras : una ecología vibrante

2019 – ongoing project series/work in progress

madrid sin palabras: una ecologia vibrante (madrid without words: a vibrant ecology) is a project series based on the exploration of the acoustic territories and possible sonic worlds of contemporary Madrid through a variety of environmental listening practices and composition strategies. The project focuses on what usually remains hidden or unnoticed, on the limits and thresholds of perception and attention.

The series thinks the city as an “ecological assemblage”, in the words of philosopher Jane Bennett, an “ad hoc grouping of diverse elements, of vibrant materials of all sorts, including humans and their (social, legal, linguistic) constructions, and also very active and powerful nonhumans: electrons, trees, wind, fire, electromagnetic fields”. The project promotes de-anthropocentric modes of listening and thinking, investigating the vitality and creativity of diverse human and nonhuman agencies, including architecture, energies, materials, processes, species, technologies, and sounds themselves as phenomenological entities capable of producing affective responses.

The project series is conceived as an artistic research trajectory articulated through multiple episodes and public manifestations. The primary outcome is a series of immersive pieces for headphone listening, aired on the radio, and presented in exhibitions and publications.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS AND PRODUCTION SUPPORT

Project initiated through a residency in Matadero Madrid with the collaboration of the Spanish National Radio (RNE) and the Spanish Association for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art (AMEE), 2019.

Research fellowship Hangar – Casa de Velázquez / Académie de France à Madrid. In collaboration with the Institut Français Barcelona. 2020.

BROADCASTS, EXHIBITIONS AND RELEASES

Broadcast commissioned for Art’s Birthday Euroradio Ars Acustica Special Evening (EBU European Broadcasting Union) by Radio Clásica, Spanish National Radio (RNE). 17.01.2020. Curated by Miguel Álvarez-Fernández.
Art´s Birthday 2020 – broadcast from Madrid
Art´s Birthday 2020 en Radio Clásica (Spanish)

Binaural installation in the exhibition CORAZÓN PULMONES HÍGADO (HEART LUNGS LIVER), Matadero Madrid. 29.11.2019 — 2.02.2020. Curated by Mônica Hoff and Andrea Pacheco González.

Contributions to the global online project Mass Files, curated by Veronika Spierenburg.

CASA&CO group show, Casa de Velázquez, Madrid, spring 2021 (dates TBA)

Paratext, Hangar, Barcelona, spring 2021 (date TBA)