AADK has ended the year with a program in which to enjoy and reflect about the sound experimentation and its potential to generate community. With the support of Acción Cultural España (A/CE), Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation and The Municipality of Blanca, AADK invited relevan agents -from different origins and fields with in the sound arts- to participate in an encounter in which to show what is happening in the local scene.

Llorenç Barber, pioneer of sound experimentation in Spain, Miguel Álvarez, director of the legendary radio program Ars Sonora, in RNE, and Patricia Raijenstein, of the Escuela de Oficios Electronsonoros (School of Electro Sound Crafts) in Madrid, were the national expert guests. Pedro Rocha, responsible for the music and performance programming of the Museum of Contemporary Art Serralves, Oporto; Tamara Kaminska, Director of City of Gardens, Katowice; Peter Cusack, London, legendary environmentalist sound artist and Alexander Meurer, Berlin, founder of the innovative Bohemian Drips label; participated in these three intense days of activity.

Patricia Raijenstein Escuela de Oficios Electrosonoros

 

Peter Cusack

 

“We believe that Spain is generating an artistic material and educational models -guided by artists and independent organizations- that should be visible beyond our borders,” announced in the program the artists platform AADK.

The conference began at the Victoria Theater with an original and emotional concert by the Peña Huertana “La Capaza”, led by the Galician sound artist Nacho Muñoz. From the hand of amateur musicians of all ages, we could hear a deconstruction of the Blanca´s jota accompanied by synthesized music, soundscape and percussion with the body. An encounter between folk and experimental music that opens new fields of creation for the performers bringing together audiences with very diverse musical interests.

Concert by La Capaza + Nacho Muñoz

 

On Friday, the exhibition opened at Casa Jazmín, where the works of the artists Lorenzo Sandoval, Pablo L. Jordán, Juliana E. Keller and the collective War were presented.

In Space 5 of Centro Negra, one could play the sound sculptures created in the workshop guided by Carlos Suárez, in which the participants were Lola Nieto, Shakira Benavides, Paquito Nogales, Salva Alambre, Aurora Rodriguez and Patricia Raijenstein.

In space 6, the “Sonic Info point” gave access to the work of other sound experimenters from the region such as Kaverna, Salva Alambre, Beatrix, Bartolomé, La Josephine, Descendimiento, Flamante or the local labels Holy Sun Label and Vulture Culture Label.

For two hours, Daniel Hernández, artist of the platform, presented his first collaboration with the musician Flamante (Derek Van Den Bulcke). Daniel showed a work with the body consisting of a deconstruction of flamenco. This genre has formed a solid part of his artistic career, and that after leaving this practice behind in search for other languages, he returns to transforming it into an expression of his own.

 

 

sonic artifact Organology workshop

 

The evening was opened by the young Berlin musician Pia Achternkamp ​​with an electro-acoustic proposal. She combined a first part consisting of twenty minutes loops of classical guitar picking, to later merge into purely electronic sounds. A concert that made the audience dive into a delicate trance. After dinner, the experienced sound artist Carlos Suárez gave a concert in which sounds of animals and his instrument “wood and springs” took us from atmospheres of distant natures to synthesized ancestral rhythms. The evening ended with a concert by Susana López, whose proposal was to maintain, throughout the whole concert, an oscillating drone from which multiple sound nuances emerged. The sounds created with her analog instruments and synthesizers held the breath of the listeners.

Saturday was an intense day in which the invited experts presented their work and career, addressing issues ranging from education to creation, going through the research, different formats of exhibition, or dissemination of sound experimentation works.

The feeling of urgency to generate more encounters like this in which to share experiences, desires and needs was unanimous.

Throughout the day we had the opportunity to learn from other models, to make visible the need to create professional and affective ties in a field where, as in almost all the arts, everyone works on their own. It was astonishing to hear the difficulties that someone with a career like Llorenç Barber‘s had gone through to legitimize other approaches to sound than that of conventional music. At the same time, it was encouraging to see how at this moment, on a national level, but particularly in the Region of Murcia, sound experimentation is generating a community of knowledge exchange with strong links.

In one of the breaks we had a concert of the children of the “Active Listening classroom” of the “Sonora” program directed by Selu Herraiz. The children is showed to the audience the practices developed with their trainer Patricia Valcárcel alonge the past course. A soundscape created with the objects of the environment in which responding and interacting with the sound made by others, creating an atmosphere that left open-mouthed everyone who witnessed it.

The second brake was the “Sonic Siesta”. Úrsula Bravo and Josman P #, in their WAR formation, hypnotize the public with their magical ideas abandoning the body into a sensorial journey.

 

Sonic Siesta

 

For the closing of the talks, Elena Azzedin, artist of AADK and moderator of the meeting, invited the audience and the speakers to “touch her”. With the collaboration of the local craftsman Rafael de la Peña, she built a costume that carries sensorial sound circuits. With this proposal, a collective creation device is deployed, in which the body and the closeness to others took its place in this space for thinking.

After the dinner, Lilith shared his set “Todo gira”, a conceptual work about the stillness-movement dichotomy, in which the soundscape and the music transit from recorded samples to synthesis and electronics. His concert closed with “El Punto (alrededor del cual)”, a track that invites to dance and that is already becoming a “hit”, something quite unusual in experimental music.

Right after, we were able to attend a new proposal by Abraham Hurtado, “False Prophets”, together with the sound artist Selu Herráiz. A risky and moving bet: poetry brought to the universe of sound experimentation, in which each poem was approached with a different register, wrapped in sounds of synthesizers, electric guitar, voice games, breathing, and video projections.

A work in process that they presented for the first time and that made difficult to stay still in our chairs when they ended up urging us to get up and reveal ourselves against what is expected of us.
His heartrending poems and a language of our times, both in its content and structure, revealed the ability of this artist to travel between disciplines with an overwhelming dexterity.

To close the event, Flamante made us move the bodies with one of his sets of experimentation with flamenco, Latin rhythms and trap, with a singularity that gives to his work a recognizable personal style.

The interludes were the moments in which to share impressions of what was happening, where to talk about the situation of art in our countries, where to think about new encounters. The magic of this three days event would not have been the same, without Juan Conesa behind the entire organization. He, once again, elevated our meals and dinners to art, a conceptualization and care that invaded us from the skin of space to our guts.

The conclusion of these intense days were: to make, to risk, to exchange, to gather, to commit, to take care of each other, this is how we change things towards desirable horizons.


Prácticas Contemporáneas IV  (December 2018)

Prácticas Contemporáneas is an encounter created by AADK Spain to analyze the models of production in contemporary art. It is a space for knowledge exchange and in which to promote new networks. Each year, professionals from different backgrounds and sectors – the public, the private and the independent – are invited in order to continue expanding the circuits for our artists in Europe. This edition focuses on sound performance and the creation of communities.

Communities around sound
The project seeks to generate community by collective creation and facilitate transformative experiences through sound.
In this edition, PC brings together experts in performance and sound art, as well as promoting the encounter between different communities -artistic and local. With this program, we are seeking to make visible other educational, creation and production of sound art that AADK has generated, locally, nationally and internationally.

Sonic info
Throughout the day we will have exhibition points where you can get to know the work of other independent artists from the Murcia region through their promoters, whether they are local labels, creators of events and festivals or space that program sound.

Artists
Peña Huertana “La Capaza”(Blanca), Nacho Muñoz (Vigo),Pablo Jordán (Murcia), Lola Nieto (Cartagena), Lorenzo Sandoval (Berlin/Murcia), Dani Hernández (Alicante), Elena Azzedin (Murcia), Rafael de La Peña (Blanca), Abraham Hurtado (Murcia), Úrsula Bravo y Josman P# (Murcia),LOH (Berlin), Carlos Suárez(Vigo), Susana López (Murcia),Flamante Dj Set (Murcia), Selu Herraiz (Murcia) and Experimental Sound School of Blanca.

Guests
Llorenç Barber -Sound Artist (Valencia)
Alexander Meurer -Bohemian Drips Records (Berlin)
Tamara Kaminska -City of Gardens (Katowice)
Carlos Almela -Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation (Madrid)
Patricia Raijenstein -Escuela de Oficios Electro-Sonoros (Madrid)
Peter Cusack -Creative Research in Sound Arts Practice (Londres)
Miguel Álvarez -Director of Ars Sonora Radio Clásica (Madrid)
Pedro Rocha -Serralves Foundation (Oporto)

Organized by: AADK Spain
With the support of: Acción Cultural Española AC/E, Ayuntamiento de Blanca, Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation
Collaboration: FAIL Studio
Sponsored: Café Salzillo and Estrella de Levante


LIVE -AADK Radio- Espacio de Exhibición sonora

AADK Radio is a space mainly dedicated to sound art, open to all formats and relations. A space of intersections and juxtapositions, hybrid and synesthetic.

Today, Tuesday 27th of February 2018, we are launching the third set of radio.

(If you can’t listen it from here, we invite you to go to our youtube channel AADK Spain)

 


Contemporary Practices III 2017

AADK Spain organises, on the Museums Day, a special program in which to show to the general audience as well as to a specific cultural programmers, national and international, the work of Spanish artists.

This event highlights Blanca’s Council support of the local artist’s work. It also constitutes a starting point for a serie’s of international collaborations willing to create alliances that work on the development and diffusion of contemporary art practices.


Contemporary Practices 2016

Contemporary Practices third edition aimed to exchange knowledge around different working and financial models which are implemented in different places in Europe. Five active cultural agents were invited to visit Blanca, where they presented their projects and discussed about the formats of production of contemporary art on the AADK Radio.

Caique Tizzi | Agora collective. Berlin, Germany
Caique Tizzi is the co-founder and artistic director of Agora Collective and is the mind behind AFFECT, Agora’s flagship artistic residency. Agora is interested in investigating the development of relational artistic practices, experimental methods of group work and interdisciplinary processes. It is also known for its artistic approach to food. Part studio, part laboratory – Agora’s kitchen has become a place where notions of collaboration, self-organisation and sustainability are put into practice.
agoracollective.org

Andrea Möller | Media Art Friesland. Leeuwarden, Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018, Netherlands
Andrea Möller is a director of Media Art Friesland, editor of Bidbook candidate Leeuwarden European Capital of Culture 2018 and advisor of LWD2018 Foundation. Media Art Friesland is the only institute for media arts in the North of the Netherlands. The foundation organises the annual Media Art Festival in the city of Leeuwarden, which has been granted the title of Cultural Capital of Europe in 2018.
The festival features the best of young talents and a selection of experienced international artists. From 2016 on, Media Art Friesland also presents LUNA, the new Festival of Lights inLeeuwarden. From a start, this new and popular mass experience of media arts, is designed to be environmentally neutral as no non-sustainable sources of energy will be used. The festival is carried by the local community, its artists and business life.
www.mediaartfriesland.nl
www.2018.nl/en

Ana Rocha | MEZZANINE. Porto, Portugal
Anna Rocha is one of the founders and artistic director of Mezzanine, structure for production and dissemination of performing arts. Mezzanine presents itself as a non-profit organization forcreation and programming, promoting awareness of the work dynamics between public and arts professionals. Mezzanine follows through into developing new collaboration and cooperation networks by searching different organization modes.
www.mezzanine.pt

Dagmara Szastak-Zięba | Katowice City of Gardens (Katowice, Poland)
Dagmara Szastak-Zięba is a member of the Unesco’s Creative City of Music section, which is a part of institution of culture Katowice City of Gardens. Dagmara also coordinates project named The Embassy of the Young. The project is aimed at teenagers in promoting creative ways of spending their free time.
Katowice City of Gardens -program 2012-2015- assumes that Katowice will become a vivid center of culture in Europe. The scope of the activity spreads onto: variety of different music activities, gardens, new design, artistic projects in the city space, New Media and creative industry, for artists, citizen participation, cooperation with NGOs, and discovery heritage of Silesia.
One of the main goal is to locate Katowice in a Polish and foreign network.
http://miasto-ogrodow.eu/


Contemporary Practices 2015


In the second Contemporary Pratices edition participants were invited from different organisations from all over Spain. Variuos models and projects were presented; and discussion took place, which analysed how private and public sector relates in the cultural field, and what are the challenges for the culture in the times of crisis.


Contemporary Practices 2014


In the first Contemporary Practices edition AADK Spain invited regional public institutions as well as independent artist and curators – as Jesus de la Peña from Puertas de Castilla or Javier Fuentes, director of CENDEAC- to share with their projects and working models.


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