Israel Martinez / Ariel Bustamante
Exhibited at The White Building, London
Supported by Sound Development City http://sound-development-city.com/
Since our first meeting in Berlin, Ariel Bustamante and I talked about the possibility to work in collaboration. We are both from Latin America and we constantly analyze some problems or issues from a different perspective than the rest of the group, sometimes we didn’t even find them “problematic”, due to the deep social and economic inequality conditions that we experience in our countries. The clock was ticking and we couldn’t set down anything, until one day we were having dinner and Ariel told me that days after the Berlin expedition he stayed in a friend’s house. One nigh he was really cold and he couldn’t find anything to cover up with, so he used the emergency blanket which was on a kit that was given to everyone at the beginning of the expedition. That’s how he managed to save his life that night, or at least not having such a harsh time with the cold. We started to think about working with these blankets, creating a refuge for the homeless, which could be used at the same time as a hiding place for unpermitted acts in public spaces. This refuge should be alive, move or vibrate. The next day in the studio, we started to build it, a slow process that resulted in a large object that allowed us to insert a pair of subwoofers inside. With those we reproduce some frequencies that made the material behave in different ways, including a notorious agitation that was at the same time silent: the sound traveling without being perceptible to the ear. We used a video recording I made from one tower of the shopping mall close to the Olympic Stadium, in which we see thousands of people moving, going in and out of the stadium; these people seem to surround the refuge, while someone, we do not know who, how or why, is doing something inside of it.
Taken from the Book/Catalogue Sound Development City