In 2017, Argentine artist Joaquín Gutiérrez Hadid created a site-specific sound installation called “cuarto oscuro”, exhibited on the 6th floor of a public building beside a train station in Buenos Aires. Installed in a large space for night time viewing and composed of an amplifier, a mp3 player and four speakers arranged in the dark, the only light for this room with a view to the terminal was from the outside through the windows.
The source material used for the installation was obtained with contact microphones placed on a train traffic barrier and its respective bell. The work aimed to propose a sensitive approach to the sounds of bells as an acoustic sign: a wait for the unexpected while standing for listening, a stillness presence between the acousmatic and the fuse of city lights—the cold and the dark.
‘Sustain’ is the result of complementary explorations around the source recordings of ‘cuarto oscuro’ and the installation sound itself. Along with this materials, Gutiérrez Hadid recorded another bell at the studio and a steel beam from his house, located near the railroad of that train line. This material was additionally processed with computer and tape manipulation.
“The pieces extend my interest in the flux of sounds originated on bells and steel, to land in a space of underlying figures and affections: a dark room for intimacy and spatial engagement. It´s highly recommended to listen in the dark.” — JGH
Joaquín Gutiérrez Hadid (b. 1986) is a sound artist working with installation, found composition and video. Through an immersive listening, he does much of his work with field recordings and contact microphones to capture events and sensitive environment data.
Places, objects, memories, being in transit and the act of listening itself, are his main interests and sources of inspirations to instigate crossings between experience and parallel realities.
In 2016, he was artist in residence at MACBA (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Buenos Aires). He has also exhibited works at Ruth Benzacar, cck (centro cultural kirchner), Casa Victoria Ocampo, CCEBA (Centro Cultural de España en Buenos Aires), and performed at MUTEK. His previous works are documented on Errant Bodies Press, 901editions, Impulsive Habitat, Vague Terrain and Framework a:field (resonance.fm).
released August 31, 2018
Thanks to the people who support my work: Américo del Sur, Alejo Ponce de León, Milena Pafundi, Ezequiel Azambuya, Mario Navarro, Andrés Denegri, Ezequiel Fanego, Mariana Rodríguez Iglesias, Juan José Calarco, Brandon LaBelle and Fabio Perletta. A special thanks to Richard Chartier and LINE.
Dedicated to Chris Gruenberg.
copyright 2018 Joaquín Gutiérrez Hadid
published by LINE
Great drone-work by a master of the form. Snippets of mysterious short wave radio broadcasts evolves into huge, otherworldly symphonies related to Ligetis Lux Aeterna, but warmer and more humane. Absolutely absorbing!