Sound Works by 21 Contemporary Colombian Artists

Vociferous: Sound Works by 21 Contemporary Colombian Artists

Opening Thursday, September 2, 6pm
w/ special performance by Ricardo Arias and Carlos Gómez, 8pm

Installations run Saturdays, September 4, 11, 18, 25, 2pm-8pm
Diapason, 882 Third Avenue, 10th Floor, Brooklyn, NY

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Saturdays in September 2010 Diapason hosts Vociferous: Sound Works by 21 Contemporary Colombian Artists. The show opens on Thursday, September 2 with a special performance by Ricardo Arias and Carlos Gómez. Installations by the shows 21 artists will run every Saturday in September from 2pm to 8pm.
Curated by Colombian electroacoustic composer and improviser Ricardo Arias, Vociferous: Sound Works by 21 Contemporary Colombian Artists presents an overview of the current state of sound art in Colombia. It is the first exhibition of its kind to be presented outside of the country, and one of a few recent curatorial initiatives to bring together sound works by artists from a variety of disciplines such as electroacoustic music, video art, sound installation art, and sound sculpture. One of the virtues of the term “sound art,” however vague and undefinable it might be, is precisely that it allows for such a grouping together of apparently disparate practices.

Opening: September 2, 2010
Carlos Gómez and Ricardo Arias started working together in 1988 in Barcelona where Gómez was a frequent guest performer with Sol Sonoro, an electroacoustic improvisation ensemble formed by Arias, Roberto García and Catalan guitarist and composer Luis Boyra. At roughly the same time they formed the proto-rock duo &NiL (which soon turned into a trio with the inclusion of García) and they collaborated regularly in ad-hoc projects until the mid 1990’s. In October, 2009 they renewed their musical collaboration with an appearance in the Phonos Concert Series that inaugurated the new performance space at the Universitat Pompeu i Fabra in Barcelona.

Installations: September 4, 11, 18, 25
Electroacoustic music in all its different guises has a relatively long history in Colombia. It is not surprising, then, that over half of the artists in Vociferous have developed their work, to a greater or lesser degree, within the electroacoustic music tradition: they are Mauricio Bejarano, Juan Reyes, Roberto García, Catalina Peralta, Julián Jaramillo, Daniel Prieto, Ana Maria romano, and Fabián Torres. Alba Fernanda Triana is a composer who, having studied composition and electroacustic music is now focusing her work on Interactive computer installations with specially designed and constructed sculptural interfaces. Carlos Gómez and Beatríz Eugenia Díaz are both trained as musicians and artists and for many years have experimented at the intersection of the two disciplines. Pedro Gómez-Egaña has an interest in improvisation, video and performance art. After studying composition and electroacoustic music, for the past 24 years Ricardo Arias has primarily been devoted to experimental improvised music using unconventional instruments. Carlos Bonil, Jaidy Díaz, Adriana García, Jaime Rojas, Juan Sebastián Suanca, Leonel Vásquez, and Icaro Zorbar are all visual artists with a marked interest in sound and are part of the first generation of Colombian artists that could be labeled “sound artists.”

Diapason is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the city council, the Phaedrus Foundation, Kirk Radke, and by generous individuals. Diapason is a 501©3 organization.
Vociferous: Sound Works by 21 Contemporary Colombian Artists is supported in part by the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.