“No hay novedad”
Video, sound installation, machinery objects, ink drawing and generative art
Project winner of the 2011 Financiarte production Fellowship
No hay novedad is a multidisciplinary project about the daily routine of the city of Monterrey, working with elements that let us realize a strong dynamic of continuity between past and present in the City’s history and the permanency of styles and traditions. The approach of the project creates a dialogue between art, ´music and social sciences, using drawing, machine objects and sound as a combination of media for rescuing and rethinking local sounds, methodologies, and numbers.
The process begins video recording diverse walking spots for a 1 minute lapse. These registries are then codified in databases that capture five variables: age, gender, walking direction, type of shoes and the use of cellular phones. The information obtained, through a set of instructions, is used as the path for tracing drawings as well as for composing sequences of sounds, letting us construct new meanings and provide us with sensorial translations to get in contact with the information with a sense of timelessness.
As a parallel process, the project also include the design and development of two mechanic music players made with automatized accordions and an electric system of pulleys and rollers. Their fabrication leads to a process of experimentation with both with the object and the sound of the accordion as a key instrument within the northern Mexico regional music, while making possible the hearing of the combinations of sounds composed upon the databases and materialized in long plastic punch holed films. The engineering involved in the realization of these sculpture machines also permitted to establish a methodological dialogue, working with workshops, suppliers, processes, and persons that are part of the deeply rooted industrial vocation of the city.