First Contemporary Sound Art Festival in Peru

First-time ever contemporary sound art festival in Peru: VIBRA: AUDIO LIMA EXPERIMENTAL :: The festival will comprise exhibits, concerts, lectures and workshops, to be held from August to November 2006. The festival’s main goal is for Lima to become an audio and sound documentation experiences centre that spreads out and links together diverse ways in which we listen to our surrounding world. The festival’s activities will focus around the importance of sound in our lives and in artistic creation. Renowned art critic Jorge Villacorta curates the festival and its activities.

Centro Fundacion Telefonica and Alta Tecnologia Andina presents VIBRA: Audio Lima Experimental festival, the first major event dedicated to contemporary sound art ever organized in Lima. It will comprise exhibits, concerts, lectures and workshops, to be hold from August to November 2006. Art critic Jorge Villacorta curates the festival and its activities.

VIBRA: Audio Lima Experimental will turn Lima into an audio and sound documentation experiences centre that spreads out and links together diverse ways to listen to our surrounding world. The festival�s activities will focus around the importance sound has in our lives and in artistic creation, and will reinforce the concepts of art, science and the new technologies. Starting in 1990, sound art has transformed visual arts with a new aesthetic that fuses sensory experiences, thinking, action and creation of scenarios that involve movement and space. Therefore, it was indispensable that a festival of such prominence and innovative proposals was organized for the first time ever in our country.

Furthermore, VIBRA: Audio Lima Experimental will also develop activities within the educational field, with a program that focuses on sound perception, interaction and creation. The program’s goal is for children and school students to have a first approach towards current art trends and the new media. Children will be able to play and interact with the pieces and objects on exhibit at Centro Fundacion Telefonica, and will learn about the diverse manifestations of sound that occur in their surroundings. This educational project is part of the “Arte para aprender” (Art for Learning) program, executed by Fundacion Telefonica in association with Museo de Arte de Lima.

The festival will also showcase innovative experimental proposals “national and foreign” that incorporate digital technologies and link together sound and video in actions, interventions and installations. It will also encourage participative sound scenarios that include group listening experiences. All these proposal focus around sound as a source of inspiration and creative exploration, and lead to new ways of understanding what art is.

Festival exhibitions: The festival will show two main exhibitions, both of which will be hold in Sala Parentesis of Centro Fundacion Telefonica and will work as a ‘foundation’ for the rest of the activities.

The first exhibition, Audiogeneradores (August 23-September 20), includes the following installations: Spatial Sounds (The Netherlands), rrrrrrrringtonarumori! (Peru) and Audiotronsito Reflex (Peru).

Spatial Sounds (100dB at 100km/h) is an interactive exhibit that responds to the spectator presence with a speaker mounted on an arm that rotates following the visitor movements. This project is a reminder of how human beings are attracted to technology, and of the vulnerable physical and emotional reactions they have towards technological power.

Created by dutch artists De Nijs and Van der Helde, Spatial Sounds makes us aware of the links we ceaselessly create with sound-producing objects in our everyday life, and the influence those sounds have in our spatial perception. This exhibit will be shown in Lima thanks to the c�operation of the Mondriaan Foundation from The Netherlands.

On the other hand, peruvian artist Valentin Yoshimoto’s rrrrrrrringtonarumori! is a system in which mobile phones properly become sound-producing machines. Yoshimoto presents us with a series of mobile phones and the public is invited to use them and to ‘become’ disc-jockeys by means of mixing and organizing musical sequences.

The third part of Audiogeneradores is Audiotronsito Reflex, an interactive installation that allows visitors of Centro Fundacion Telefonica to hear the sound of their footsteps and watch the audio signals generated by their spatial location. This project, open to the public through September 30, consists of a platform crammed with contact microphones that record the passing public and project the sound waves produced by their footsteps. This installation has been created by Peruvian art collective Inaut.

The second exhibition, Resistencias: Primeras vanguardias musicales en el Peru (Resistances: The First Musical Avant-gardes in Peru) (October 4-November 8), will go back in Peruvian musical history, aiming to highlight its educational value and merit. It will showcase the avant-garde of an almost unknown Peruvian generation of artists that worked with foreign first-rate experimental musicians and have been in activity and producing works from the decade of 1950 up to the date.

Invited artists: Some of the most important names in the history of American and European experimental music from 1955 will take part in VIBRA: Audio Lima Experimental, among them: Charlemagne Palestine (USA), Pauline Oliveros (USA), Francisco Lopez (Spain) and the group Black Dice (USA). Together, they represent the most prominent of the experimental sound art scene in the world nowadays.

VIBRA: Audio Lima Experimental will also be organizing the Ciclo de interpretaciones de piezas peruanas contempor�neas (Series of performances of contemporary Peruvian compositions), with pieces created by composers such as Cesar Bolaros and Celso Garrido Lecca. Performers include musicians from the local scene, such as Jose Javier Castro, Carlos Garcia (Carlangas), Valentin Yoshimoto, Renzo Gianella and Renzo Filinch. The concerts will take place in October and November.

The works by the invited artists range from post-industrial music to radical neo-modernist subjective listening, from electro-acoustic to electronica, also including minimalism and primitivism. Besides playing for the first time a series of concerts in Lima in different parts of the city, they will share their knowledge by conducting workshops and lecturing about their creative process, all of which will allow the public to take a deeper, more thoughtful look, into sound art.

The festival will take place over three months at Centro Fundacion Telefonica, open Monday to Saturday from 12.00 to 21.00 (Wednesdays closed), and Sundays from 12.00 to 19.00. Access to all activities is free of charge (limited capacity). Centro Fundacion Telefonica can also be reached at

Sep 4, 2006

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