Tuesday, March 10, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] NO TOURS WITH ESCOITAR.ORG_LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial

25th, 26th and 27th March 2009
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial

Escoitar.org is currently working in Gijón in the exhibition /The Past
in The Present (and The Near in The Far),/ curated by Juan Antonio
Álvarez Reyes for Laboral Centro de Arte, opening its doors on April
3rd. The collective's collaboration will consist in the development of
an audio-guide of the Cimadevilla (a district in the city of Gijón)
based on GPS technology. The system (PDA, hand-held computer connected
to several satellites) can be used by local residents while they walk
through Cimadevilla and listen to real and fictional stories, and
acoustic experiences associated with the place. This system can
precisely locate the user, and tell you stories related to this specific
The idea behind Escoitar.org's /No Tours/ workshop is to rediscover the
city while analysing the value of sound as a form of engaging with
today's society. Focusing on the listening experience and the problems
historically affecting sound, this workshop will examine the composition
of a sound cartography of Cimadevilla made during a sound-walk with GPS
technology. The workshop will conclude with the production of a work to
be included in the exhibition /El Pasado en el Presente./

Escoitar.org is a cultural association from Galicia linked to a research
group at the University of Vigo, whose priority goal is the promotion
and encouragement of the sound phenomenon and active listening. This
collective also promotes Aural Studies in Spain, a new field of
knowledge which explores societies through the sounds it produces and
listens to. Anthropologists, musicologists, engineers and artists are
involved, among other activities, in the preservation of sound memory,
the acknowledgment of intangible cultural heritage, the encouragement of
listeners' involvement in the composition of the sound heritage and the
field works, recording and contextualization of environmental sounds in
the country. Escoitar.org has worked all over the world offering their
particular point of "hearing" (view) about sound experience and the
potential of sound as a witness of history. One of their lines of works
with the greatest impact is research into some of the hidden aspects of
sound, and particularly of sound technologies of social control (and
acoustic weapons). Escoitar.org has recently collaborated with the
National Music Library of Mexico and ZKM (an art centre located in the
south of Germany engaged in new media and digital culture).


Chiu Longina, anthropologist, sound artist and acoustic spaces creator,
is also a member of the production team of IFI, the sound art festival
held in Pontevedra, the collective SINSALaudio from Vigo, the
association Alg-a and the Centre for Experimental Creation in Cuenca.
Chiu Longina is also co-editor of the network projects
Mediateletipos.net and Artesonoro.org.

Juan-Gil López Rodríguez is musicologist who collaborates in the
projects Mediateletipos.net and Artesonoro.org. He is involved in
several research projects in the field of ethnomusicology and
contemporary music.

Enrique Tomás is an engineer and composer of interactive sound systems
interested in sound art and computer music. He has participated in
festivals such as Ars Electronica, Sonar, Observatori, to name a few,
and currently works in Futurelab and Ars Electronica.

This event is organised by LABoral in collaboration with Fundación
Municipal de Cultura of Ayuntamiento de Gijón.

+ INFORMATION: _http://www.laboralcentrodearte.org
_http://www.escoitar.org/notours/ <http://www.escoitar.org/notours/>

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