NYU King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center | 2020-2022
If we stop and listen to the Iberian landscape, what does it sound like?
Sonoridad.es | Sound Landscapes in the Iberian Peninsula is a Virtual Artistic Residency Diptych that will invite contemporary Iberian artists Isabel Do Diego and La Señorita Blanco to the NYU KJCC for the next two academic courses. The goal of this project is to stop and therefore listen to the Iberian context during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Sonoridad.es aims to collectively reflect on the cultural diversity of the Iberian worlds in a moment where national territories blur due to the ubiquity of the virtual space.
Sonoridad.es will provide both a space for Isabel Do Diego and La Señorita Blanco to work on their creative projects in dialogue with KJCC virtual community while also will commission an original piece which will be showcase at the end of their respective artistic residencies. Rather than a one-artist-centered project, Sonoridad.es is conceived as a diptych which put both artistic universes in contact. By following the artistic process of two artists whose work draws on popular sounds and rural landscapes from experimental positions, we aim to create a virtual community which listen to their artistic projects and expand how the Iberian Peninsula sounds like.
Isabel Do Diego is the sound alter ego of Juan Diego Calzada, founding member of performing arts collective Vértebro. DEPUEBLO is their first sound project which was released in 2020. This album combines rural sounds from the south of Spain with electronic experimental music. Their artistic project is located in the intersection of traditional folklore and machine-driven explorations on the prosthetic body. They are now working on translating DEPUEBLO onto a performing arts show.
La Señorita Blanco is a performing arts creator whose work aims to incorporate visual arts into the stage. In 2016 she was awarded at the TNT International Theatre Festival for her creation #imnotrussian. She recently became one of the references of experimental performing arts in Spain with THE OTHERS/LANDSCAPE, presented in Centro de Danza Canal in 2018, as well as with SACRIFICIO, premiered in the frame of ZIP Theatre Festival at Teatro Español in 2019. She will draw on the latter for a show at Teatros del Canal in 2021. She continues to work on her investigation Paisaje dentro de paisaje.