Sound Art competition explores rising sea levels, response to eco-crisis

Sound Art competition explores rising sea levels, response to eco-crisis

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Date: 6th December 2014
Author: CDKN
Type: News

The winners of the Development and Climate Days 2014 competition - Sound Art category evoke rising sea levels and the challenge of tackling extreme poverty and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Development & Climate Days 2014 Story and Sound Art Competition invited entrants to produce sound compositions that depict rising sea levels. The selected artwork in this category is by Daniel Quaranta  of Argentina/Brazil.

Born in Buenos Aires, Daniel Quaranta has lived in Brazil since 1995. He holds a doctorate in Musicology, and is now a professor at  Universidad Federal de Juiz de Fora where he researches and teaches composition.

His work is called “Resignificamar" and it “combines the sounds of different waves: from the Pacific Ocean (México, Chile), and Atlantic ocean (Brazil, Argentina), together with the noise of flotsam and jetsam from various beaches,” says Daniel. “The composition intends to reconnect us with our natural environment.”

The second Sound Art category invited entrants to produce compositions on the theme of ‘zero poverty, zero emissions’. Here, the selected entry is Jaime Reis of Portugal, a  PhD candidate (Musicology)  - which is entitled "Omniscience is a collective."

Jaime explains: "Omniscience is a Collective” (2009-2013) is a piece divided into multiple parts. The first part is an electroacoustic work that was premiered in November 2009 for more than 3000 people in a concert with Portuguese famous rock band Blasted Mechanism and sculptor Pedro Carvalho, in Lisbon. The piece makes use of recordings with voices from young leaders from 43 Asian and European countries, recorded in the woods of Solvalla, Finland in 2009, and Mount Fuji, Japan in 2010. In more than 15 different languages, they are heard expressing concerns about world problems. The main concept of the piece is that Omniscience is a state that can only be achieved by collective humanity, and that humans must create and share knowledge.

The use of different languages has both musical and conceptual meanings. The musical developments evolve both in the use of multiple languages, their phonetic idiosyncrasies and the musical textures in the instruments. This creates textures and semantic levels that can only be understood by the audience as a communicative group that discusses and reflects the different elements and meanings.”

The Sound Art category of the Development & Climate Days 2014 Competition was undertaken in partnership with the Electronic Arts Research and Experimentation Centre (CEIArtE-UNTREF) of the National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina [ in Spanish: Centro de Experimentación e Investigación en Artes Electrónicas (CEIArtE-UNTREF) de la Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero] and support from the Music Department and the Hexagram Network for Research-Creation in Media Arts, Design and Digital Culture of Concordia University, Canada. The judges were Ricardo Dal Farra, Fabián Luna, Raúl Minsburg and  Marcelo Santorelli.

For highest quality links, and an overview of the competition, visit the CEIArtE Soundcloud page. The ‘art! ⋈ climate’ contest will remain open until February 1st, 2015 ; further Sound Art entries are warmly invited via the website: (find the Spanish version here).


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