entangled ~ xirminja nahpy benry

immersive durational ambisonic installation and live performance
ongoing project series, duration and dimensions variable

“To be entangled is not simply to be intertwined with another, as in the joining of separate entities, but to lack an independent, self-contained existence” — Karen Barad

entangled ~ xirminja nahpy benry is a durational sensory encounter with a sound hyperobject originated in the Amazon. The work is an immersion into the non-human worlds of flooded tropical rainforests, exploring the fascinating complexity of the sonic mesh created by insects, birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, fishes, vegetational species, soil and water through the 24-hour cycle.

The project draws on a set of distributed listening strategies in the field and the studio. It is based on several hundred hours of unattended long-form air recordings made during two months in various locations across the Amanã and Mamirauá territories in the central Brazilian Amazon region during the dry season of 2015. This large body of environmental sound materials is explored as a multidimensional (temporal-spatial-spectral) entity (i.e. a sonic hyperobject), which can be traversed through different listening pathways.

The project is an ongoing trajectory with diverse manifestations as immersive durational live performance events and installations. The works are composed using higher-order ambisonic surround sound techniques which provide enhanced spatial detail and allow flexible adaptation to different multichannel systems and ad-hoc configurations. These encounters take place in (almost) complete darkness to arouse profound listening experiences.


Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid – 2020.04.17 (postponed)
PHONOS, Barcelona – 2020.03.31 (postponed)

AUDIORAMA, Geiger Septemberfest!, Gothenburg – 2019.09.27
live performance, 24.4 surround periphonic configuration

EARSHOTS!, One Hundred Years Gallery, London – 2016.09.10
live performance, quadraphonic

Sonorities Festival, Sonic Arts Research Center (SARC), Belfast – 2016.11
exhibition, immersive installation, horizontal octagon speaker ring, 6 hours 35 min (∞)

Sonic Environments, NIME/ACMC 2016, IMERSD Room, Queensland Conservatorium, Brisbane – 2016.07
exhibition, immersive installation, 8-channel audio, horizontal octagon speaker ring


This project has been possible thanks to the support of several organisations and the involvement of many people.

– Mamirauá Sustainable Development Institute, Tefé, Amazonas
– Laboratory for Acoustics and Sonic Arts (LASom), Institute of Arts, University of Campinas (UNICAMP), São Paulo
– Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen´s University Belfast (QUB)
– Santander International Mobility Award
– Francis Chagrin Award, Sound and Music, London
– Arts Council of Northern Ireland
– T-37 Studios, Madrid

Special thanks: Silvia Janoskova, José Augusto Mannis, Maria Cecilia Gomes, Moisés, Careta, Omar, Zé, and everyone (staff, researchers, field specialists, local inhabitants) who helped in Tefé, and in the riverine communities of Baré, Boa Esperança, Jarauá, and Horizonte within Amanã and Mamirauá.