Rainer Krause, academician at the Department of Visual Arts, along with DAV professor, Claudia González, are two of the five Chilean artists that will exhibit their works in the sample Otros sonidos, otros paisajes, an expositional project that will be based on a sound exploration of Chilean landscapes, ranging from the Atacama Desert to Patagonia. The exhibition will be a part of the Interferenze New Arts Festival to be held at the MACRO Museum in Rome from May 4th to June 5th.
Rainer Krause, Claudia González Godoy, Fernando Godoy, Sebastián Jatz and Alejandra Pérez Núñez, are the artists who will represent the country in the very first sound art exhibition in Europe, in a sample called Otros sonidos, otros paisajes.
Curated by Antonio Arévalo and Leandro Pisano, the sample evinces the sound exploration of Chilean landscapes, from the Atacama Desert to Patagonia, with the objective of rereading and shedding some light through through hearing experiences, geographies and stories put on the margins of a global context.
Rainer Krause, visual artist and professor at DAV explained: “The reflection on the issue of the alien nature of the voices of sound art in the austral hemisphere is linked to a series of search elements that involve landscapes, places, and Chilean geography from the Atacama Desert to Patagonia.” This way, sound emerges like a language that questions history’s linearity and examines its hidden side through an unconventional approach for the ear. Thus, other sounds, other landscapes, will take the spectator-listener on a journey through the path configured by the five sound installations that provide a sound to what eludes the eye.
A visible and invisible Mapocho
Hidroscopia/Mapocho by artist and DAV professor, Claudia González, is an artisic research project whose subject matter and poetic reflection addresses the visible and invisible condition of the Mapocho River.
To develop the sound installation, the visual artist observed the fragmentation of the river’s course in relation to the processes that have left areas that previously had an open access to the river closed or blocked. Through a field study that consisted of several excursions to collect water samples on different parts of the river, González recorded the operation with photographs, videos and audio files.
In this way, Hidroscopia/Mapocho comes forward as a new territory that summarizes, in terms of discourse, the composing elements of this geographical organ. The work highlights the transformation of the watercourse that flows within a landscape that is also continuously modified; a sort of symbosis between the natural or artificial riverbed and the sound and geographical environment.
The last Yaghan
This installation features the voice of Cristina Calderón, the last woman to speak the language of the Yaghan, a tribe that inhabited Chile’s southernmost islands, decimated by European colonization in the 19th and 20th century. Krause explores the deep-rooted yet delicate conections between mankind and their environment with the sound of this voice. Compared to the original version of the piece, presented at the 2015 Venice Biennale, the author “extented” the sound space for the installation, including a series of audio files recorded at several places linked to the history of the Yaghan people, emphasizing even more landscapes as geographical spaces, as well as their historic, cultural and esthetic environment.
The three audio files that compose the installation can be heard simultaneously in three speakers placed on a map of the places where they were recorded (geographic coordinates). The installation also features pictoramas of airports, Google Earth images and the translation of the text in Yaghan. Small ventilators create soft breezes that are only perceibable by those who approach the speakers.
Otros Sonidos, Otros Paisajes is sponsored by the Chilean Embassy in Italy, the Interferenze New Arts Festival and Tsonami Arte Sonoro in Valparaíso, with the collaboration of Rome’s MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art.