Edu Comelles, selected for the residency launched by LABoral and Lo Pati with his project 'Paisajes imposibles'

The artist intends to explore the creative potential of sound landscapes to transform or create new realities

Published: May 08, 2014
Edu Comelles, selected for the residency launched by LABoral and Lo Pati with his project 'Paisajes imposibles'

Edu Comelles. Photo: Casto Martinez

The sound artist Edu Comelles, with his project Paisajes Imposibles, has been selected in the call for an art residency launched by LABoral and Lo Pati – Centre d’Art de les Terres de l’Ebre for a shared art residency, aimed at projects of experimental music and sound art related with the sound landscape of Asturias and the Ebro River Delta.

Paisajes Imposibles emphasises the critical need to explore the creative potential of sound landscapes, not as a study and analysis element of realities, but rather as an elastic matter with which to transformo r create new realities. Edu Comelles will use the sound landscape of two territories separated from each other, Asturias and the Ebro River Delta, to create a third sound landscape, “a construction created from bits and pieces of reality”, as he says. In order to do so, and during a one-week art residency at LABoral and another one ain Amposta, where Lo Pati is based Lo Pati, Centre d’Art de les Terres de l’Ebre, at the end of June, will be taking field recordings and he will use previously recorded sounds for cartographies that exist in each of these regions, coming from the nature, the country side, cities, meteorology, time, etc.

After selecting and organizing this material, according to its formal or semantic features, he will develop a specific software to generate a new sound landscape. This software, created in the platform Max MSP, will be used to sound this new landscape created from these two specific sound realities. Thus, an unreal composition is created that will be a third line of meaning and will add identity to an undefined place, a middle-point between Asturias and the Ebro River Delta. Paisajes Imposibles will be an immersive sound installation where the listener will get into the listening of this altered and blurred sound landscapes.

Edu Comelles, Is a doctor of Fine Arts, MSc in Sound Design (Edinburgh University) and MA in Visual and Multimedia Arts from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. He is currently involved in several individual and collective art projects directly related with sound landscapes and composition. His work has been released by several freely distributed record labels, such as Resting Bell (Berlin), Test Tube (Portugal), Impulsive Habitat (Portugal) or Audiotalaia (Spain). He has taken part in festivals in Stockholm, Vienna, Madrid, Mexico, Bristol, London, Valencia or Barcelona, performing live his personal project Cello + Laptop together with, with whom he performed at the 2013 Sonar Festival in Barcelona.

His work has been exhibited or disseminated at Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; el CCCB, Barcelona; en el MUAC, Ciudad de México; Sierra Centro de Arte, Huelva; or LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón. He manages, together with Carlos Flores, the contest of sound art and obscure music Off_Herzios which is showcased in several contemporary art galleries of Valencia. He is founder and director of Audiotalaia, a platform for the dissemination and production of experimental music in Spain and he is also the co-director, with Juanjo Palacios, the dissemination platform LEA Ediciones, which focuses on field recordings. He has also been curator and director of the Experimental Music Series Herzios! at La Clínica Mundana (Valencia) from 2010 to 2012.

The project of Edu Comelles has been selected due to its “experimental and innovative nature in the research of new lines of work related with the sound fact” among 18 candidates. The jury has been integrated by Oscar Abril Ascaso, Director of Activities of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial; Vicent Fibla, Director of Lo Pati Centre d'Art de les Terres de l’Ebre; Daniel Romero, Responsible for the Sound LAB of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial; and Lucía García, Managing Director of LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, acting as secretary.

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