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Listening Sessions, 2021

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Listening Sessions


March-April, 2021


Old Stone House, Brooklyn, & Virtual


Lorena Mal, Marcela Armas, Gilberto Esparza

As part of the Common Frequencies exhibition, the Old Stone House hosted a series of virtual and in-person listening sessions with works by Marcela Armas, Gilberto Esparza, and Lorena Mal.

Marcela Armas activated Tsinamekuta, an instrument created for the detection and sound interpretation of the magnetic memory of minerals (specifically pyrrhotite) and processes of induction of new magnetic fields on its surface. Tsinamekuta was created in dialogue and collaboration with the inhabitants of the region where this mineral exists. In this sense, Tsinamekuta has a ritual approach, repositioning the technological object and the purpose of its use. It is also an ethical consideration of the mineral world as the foundation of life and a space for reflection on the sense of intention in human contact with nature.
The 20-minute listening session was pre-recorded and followed by a live Q&A with the artist.

Gilberto Esparza activated BioSoNot, a hybrid bio-sound instrument that translates biological activity into sound as it cleans contaminated water samples. During the listening session, viewers saw and heard BioSoNot generating music and noise from the biological activity of living microorganisms inhabiting different rivers in Mexico.
The 25-minute listening session was followed by a live Q&A with the artist.

Lorena Mal’s Synchrony (one day at all times) was a live event featuring the artist's 24-hour sound work for piano and based on the pulse rhythms of different living organisms, human and non-human. A section of the piece (12:00 to 16:00hrs) was played at the Old Stone House North Garden. The presentation at OSH included materials with information about the piece and the sounds in the space.

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