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Dorsal Landscape. An Approach to Sound Ethnography Around Sound

Nader Koochaki, Miguel Alonso, Xabier Erkizia

Edificio ABANCA Cervantes

Wednesday 4th of October | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Free admission while seating is available

What is in the image when the image does not look like it should? How do the disciplines act when the limits of their territories are disfigured? How do you edit work materials starting from an open process without reducing them to finished forms? These questions and many others will be discussed in this sharing of ideas that revolves around sound as ethnography.

It has only been in recent years that some disciplines, such as anthropology, have ceased to be “deaf” in order to include sound among both their “objects” of study and among the tools used to generate and transmit knowledge. Based on the research conducted by Miguel Alonso on sound identity, and the experience of Xabier Erkizia within the scope of the relationship between listening and culture, we will dig deep into the Dorsal Landscape Project. In this project, Nader Koochaki, artist and sociologist, documents the sound of  flocks in the province of Gipuzkoa. Considering that this work was developed struggling against some resistance to the retinal pleasure offered by images, and bearing in mind that the sound phenomenon of the flocks is mainly a kinetic experience, Dorsal Landscape presents itself as a mediator of study and hybrid knowledge able to bridge different groups, including film and sound.

  • Nader Koochaki

    Nader Koochaki holds a degree in Sociology from the University of the Basque Country, and since 2008, he has developed his work within the domain of art, which features his works in the field of video, photography and sound. His method is characterised by trying to overcome the limitations and obligations of the academy in search of the development of his own unique language. In addition to the exhibitions in which he has participated, both collectively and individually, his collaboration should be highlighted with various artists such as Ibon Aranberri, Usue Arrieta and Vicente Vázquez, Ingrid Buchwald, Carme Nogueira and Kimia Kamvari.

  • Miguel Alonso

    Miguel Alonso Cambrón is a musician, anthropologist and audiovisual director. He trained between Galicia, Catalonia and Belgium and he continues learning things based in Pontevedra, where he works from his anthropological production company, Ab Origine. As a musician, he has participated in projects related to electroacoustic experimentation and field recording and to traditional folk music and improvisation (mglon, ubit and Rocket in my pocket). As a researcher, he has worked on issues related to socio-acoustics and sound anthropology, as well as issues related to the history of urban and peri-urban spaces. As an audiovisual filmmaker, he participated in a series of documentary and fictional projects linked to distribution and experimentation. He is a member of the Galician Anthropological Society and the Galician Association of Social and Cultural Anthropology.

  • Xabier Erkizia

    Musician, sound artist, producer and independent researcher. For the last 20 years, he has participated in countless projects on sound and the culture of listening, conducting interdisciplinary research both in the Basque Country and in other countries in Europe, South America and Asia. He is a founding member of the AUDIOLAB association and of other ERTZ music festivals that have been held for the last 18 years in the town of Bera in Navarre. He has composed more than 50 soundtracks for films, television, theatre and dance. As curator, he has designed exhibitions, seminars, workshops and other events for museums, cultural centres, festivals and galleries. He collaborates on a regular basis with various media writing articles, reports, essays and documentaries for radio.