In August and September of 2015, Pablo Sanz carried out fieldwork in the Amanã and Mamirauá reserves of Brazil’s Central Amazonia. Working in collaboration with local inhabitants, he made several hundred hours of audio recordings in different terra firme and flooded forest areas, focusing on everyday nonhuman activity. Those environmental sound recordings are featured in entangled, a project experienced as a series of ambisonic multichannel installations and shared listening events.
At the Museo Reina Sofía, the project is presented as a concert for an immersive spatial audio system of sixteen speakers, specially configured for the occasion. The listener-participants will find themselves in almost total darkness, invited to engage in a profound, active and sustained listening experience.
entangled is an innovative exploration of phonography (field recording) and environmental composition as a creative practice. It reconsiders established experimental music concepts such as “soundscape” and “sound object” through the lens of contemporary ecological thought. Some of these ideas are elaborated in the accompanying text on the Museo Reina Sofía website.
Pablo Sanz is an artist, composer and researcher. His body of work includes site-specific and public art projects, immersive installations, multichannel live performances, exhibitions, releases, and pieces for broadcast and headphone listening. His practice is an open-ended investigation of listening, space-time, materiality, nonhuman vitality and otherness, with a focus on the limits and thresholds of perception and attention. His works propose listening as a political act, intended to resist dominant tendencies in contemporary societies, cultivating alternative forms of being and thinking.
He holds a PhD in Experimental Electroacoustic Music Composition and Sonic Arts by the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) at Queen’s University Belfast and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts of The Hague, specialising in ArtScience and Sonology. He is a co-founding member of the Mediateletipos.net platform and was artistic director of the 11th Festival Sensxperiment: Sensory Immersion (2009-2011), held in Córdoba (Spain). His work has been experienced internationally in diverse contexts.
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