islas resonantes

Paisajes sonoros de las Islas Canarias
Soundscapes of Canary Islands

Christina Kubisch

Christina Kubisch
Christina Kubisch belongs to the first generation of sound artists. Trained as a composer, she has artistically developed such techniques as magnetic induction to realize her installations. Since 1986 she has added light as an artistic element to her work with sound.

Hoppegarten, Berlin Germany
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Desiertos Superpoblados / Crowded Deserts (frgm)

   Fuerteventura se describe como una isla de viento, arena y soledad. Se invita a los turistas a que experimenten esa atmósfera especial fuera de lo común. Pero cuando uno intenta hacer grabaciones de campo en las que el micrófono, funcionando casi como una cámara fotográfica, como una herramienta para buscar lo infrecuente, la aventura, los tesoros ocultos, las joyas sonoras o el silencio perfecto, nos encontramos con que esos visitantes cambian la isla: modifican ese entorno y parcialmente lo destruyen. La artista sonora alemana se adentrará por tanto a la búsqueda de los silencios del desierto, pero también de los lugares atestados de gente, superpoblados. De ese modo, la pieza se concibe como un encuentro de contrarios: de la magia y de lo banal, de lo desconocido y lo familiar. Un retrato de la isla, pues, con todas sus facetas.  

  Fuerteventura is described as an island of wind, sand and loneliness.  Tourists are invited to experience  this special atmosphere out of the  common. Making a composition based on local field recordings of the island I  feel some embarassment; The microphone is like a camera – a tool to  look for the uncommon, the adventure, the undiscovered and the hidden  treasures. The “sound jewels” inmidst the perfect silence, far away  from the everday life. On the other hand I know this is not reality. There are many travellers  who look for the same outstanding sensations, the the rural vergin  landscapes etc. But all of the visitors change the island; they modify  and sometimes destroy the former tradition   of long time habit ways of  work and income. As a sound tourist I want to be aware of both sides: I will look for  the silence of the desert but as well for  the crowded places, I will  search the hidden acoustic secrets and the noise of the touritic  centres. People come to the island to have a time out of their usual  habits but they bring these habits (and the sounds) with them. My piece should be an encounter of opposites, of the magic and the  banal,of the unknown inmidst the familiar. Sometimes there can be new  unusual combinatios of the desert and the crowds, sometimes the  opposites will make a sharp contrast, but there is as well the  possibility of new und unusual combinations of the two worlds. My piece  should be a portrait of the island with all its facettes.