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.
Participating artists: Pascal Broccolichi, Andreas Nicolas Fischer & Benjamin Maus, Andy Huntington/FABRICA, Ryoichi Kurokawa, David Letellier, Daniel Palacios, Lucía Rivero, Daniel Romero, Semiconductor, Zimoun
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.
Programme of activities funded by the Ministry for Culture and Sports of the Principality of Asturias
Image: Sound installation, Black corindon Powder, 16 coaxial high-speakers, DVD players, mix tables, amplifiers. Variable dimension and Unspecified listening time.
Exhibition view "Staack, galerie Frédéric Giroux, Paris 2010" © pascal broccolichi
The Centre of Art and Industrial Creation in Gijón has prepared a packed programme of activities which culminate in the weekend of 30th March, the date which marks the fifth anniversary of the Centre’s opening.
Coinciding with this exhibition, El arte y su sonido [Art and its Sounds], a project by José Manuel Costa in collaboration with Juanjo Palacios aimed at capturing the sounds of an art centre, is started. The first session will take place in the afternoon of Saturday 31st, during which the art critic and curator José Manuel Costa will present the project and lead a theory session. This will be followed by a roundtable debate on sound art with the exhibition’s artists and curators and the artists participating in the project.
Opening Concert: Visualizing Sound
March 30th h 21:00 to 22:00
Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition Visualizing Sound, LABoral will introduce its visitors the work Rapsodia by Fernando Gutiérrez + .Tape. and an audiovisual live of one of the artists of the exhibition, David Letellier aka Kangding Ray, introducing OR a/v live set.
LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial
Los Prados 121 33394 Gijón (Asturias)
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 8 pm
Closed every Tuesday (except for public holidays and local holidays)
The access to Exhibition Room finishes 15 minutes before the centre closes.
Fees & tickets
General fee: 2,00 €:
Free entrance: Friends of LABoral, under 10 years old, accredited press, members of ICOM, IAC and Visual Artists associations.
Free entrance days: Every Wednesday and 18th of May (International Museum Day).