Representations of Sound in Contemporary Creation
In 2007, LABoral held the first LEV (Visual Electronics Lab) Festival, whose initials pay tribute to Lev Thermen, the Russian scientist who was the father of the present-day synthesiser. The founding goal of the festival was to provide an eclectic and qualitative overview of electronic sound creation and its intersections with the visual arts. Throughout its five events, the festival has featured a selection of the most interesting projects by international creators working in this field, spanning from up-and-coming promises to renowned artists.
The LEV Festival is a physical and ephemeral space, particularly focused on the natural synergy between image and sound, on live action, on the influence of avant-garde movements on contemporary creation, on the relationship forged between the spectator and the public space, and on the new art movements emerging around the world in connection with audiovisual culture.
Visualizar el sonido [Visualizing Sound] partakes in this vision and expands the festival’s lines of research to the exhibition space. The idea behind this international group exhibition is to examine the synthesis between image and sound, the various graphic and physical representations of sound, and its evolution in contemporary art. It draws an itinerary through seminal practitioners and artworks from the last decade while also paying attention to experiments in “visual music” carried out by artists from the beginning of the last century such as Oskar Fischinger or James Whitney.
The exhibition underscores the research undertaken by the LEV Festival into sound visualization and moves forward the infinite possible interfaces between sound and image, over and above live performances, an aspect that is moving towards centre stage in this edition.
Sound should not be detached from the surrounding that informs it: space, vibration, wave, technique for representation, perception and even visualization. Visualizar el sonido was conceived with the idea of generating a dialogue between all its constituent parts, covering a whole century of creation around the same notion or concept: the mastering, representation and taming of the wave, the need to go beyond the limits that our senses can take us to, which, at the end of the day, is the essence of all art.
The exhibition wishes to showcase the widest possible range of the manifold representations of sound, examining the aural dimension of the spaces we inhabit.
Production: LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial
Artists: Pascal Broccolichi, Andreas Nicolas Fischer & Benjamin Maus, Andy Huntington, David Letellier, Daniel Palacios, Lucía Rivero, Daniel Romero, Semiconductor, Zimoun y Ryoichi Kurokawa.
Curated by: Fiumfoto
Programme of activities funded by the Ministry for Culture and Sports of the Principality of Asturias
In collaboration with: Prohelvetia, Institud Français and Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura.
Galería de Imágenes
Zimoun : 216 prepared dc-motors, filler wire 1.0mm, 2009 / 2010
David Letellier – Versus
Daniel Palacios – Waves