[ISEA2017] Artists Statement: Aquatrio Ensemble — Flores sonicas, un viaje a la intimidad del sonido

Artists Statement 

“Flores Sonicas, viaje a la intimidad del sonido” is a sound installation inspired by the harmony and peaceful coexistence of different sonic ecosystems. A 24 channel system using alternative loudspeakers made with paper, metal, cardboard and totumos diffuse a sound work composed of soundscapes recordings from the Manizales region and from the west coast of Finland. The installation has been designed to share the acoustic space of the exhibition space inventing to a holistic experience. Aquatrio presents a sound installation performance made of small sonic sculptural modules spread around in a garden and resonating multicultural diversities of both Finland and Manizales region. The detailed nuances of the sonic experience will take the audience into a subtle and intimate listening adventure. Visitors can feel how divergent sonic ecosystems organize themselves as a supportive and colorful whole and how listening is a key to creating this whole.

The Aquatrio is an electroacoustic ensemble from Finland with members of cultural origins from Colombia, Mexico and France. Aquatrio has realized projects and concerts in Turku, Helsinki, Venice, Ljubljana, Weimar, Mexico City, Morelia, Cuernavaca, and Oaxaca. It has integrated in its works sonic elements and observations from each of these places. Aquatrio is a working group engaged with the sonic arts and artistic research. Using methods of experimental recordings, synthesis and sound diffusion the Aquatrio ensemble proposes listening experiences bridging technology and nature. The three members of the group: Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski, Alejandro Montes de Oca, Alejandro Olarte are affiliated to the University of the Arts Helsinki teaching and researching at the Centre for music and technology.

Aquatrio Ensemble, Finland. Artists:

  • Marianne Decoster-Taivalkoski is a French interactive media and sound artist based in Finland where she teaches at the University of the Arts Helsinki, in the Centre for Music & Technology of the Sibelius Academy. She has been the Head of this centre since 2013. She opened in fall 2013 the Exploratorium on sonic and bodily gestuality introducing to artistic based research thinking and ethics, and using improvisation as a tool for experiments. In 2011 she was a founding member of the interdisciplinary improvisation research group at the CM&T with musicians and dancers and in 2012 a co-teacher of the ImproLab. She performs improvised sounds with objects in space and is a member of the electroacoust ensemble Aquatrio for live water sounds and live electronics. Her work with sounds follows an experimental and phenomenological approach, focusing on the physicality and materiality of sounds in specific spaces and places and how they arouse in us dynamic, sensual and material images.
  • Jean-Marc Chomaz (France) is an artist physicist, Director of Research at CNRS, Professor at Ecole Polytechnique, and Chair of the Laboratory of Excellence LaSIPS de University Paris Saclay, he has been involved in art/science relations since 1992. His scientific research encompasses areas such as the dynamics of soap films, global instability, the vortex breakdown, geophysical and stratified fluids and biomechanics. He is a Director of Research, professor and chair at the University Paris-Saclay, and has co-founded the
    LadHyX Hydrodynamics Laboratory he co-directed from 1990 to 2013.                                        off-ladhyx.polytechnique.fr/people/jmarc/
  • Jorge Barco, Aniara Rodado, Luis Alejandro Olarte & José Alejandro Montes de Oca