Aurality and


Tabacalera Promoción del Arte (Madrid)

								Aurality and environment

What is this thing called "environment"? How does it appear precisely? What perceptual and cognitive processes, forms of interaction within its components, what social structures or institutions articulate and propitiate its constitution?
FASE 6 addresses these complex issues from an acousmatic perspective. This edition of FASE is conceived as an artistic research endeavor for aesthetic practices - essentially sound art hearing and sound art production - and other reflective purposes in creative dialogues and seminars. The research aim is the perceptual constitution - especially aural – of the environment. We do not understand environment in this context as a given entity, existing in itself and reducible to the sum of the objects around us, but rather as a whole constituted emerging through our interaction with these objects.

FASE 6 is based upon a specific curatorial concept articulated in four parts. In the first part (December 2015 - January 2016), curated by Raquel Rivera, Alex Arteaga presented a sound installation and video in the Tabacalera Estudios- (Spanish Ministry or Education, Culture, and Sports), complemented by a research seminar with the participation of Ana Garcia Varas, Lluís Nacenta and Maria Andueza. The second, third and fourth steps of this project are curated by Alex Arteaga himself. The second part, performed in Berlin November 4th and 5th, 2016), was a research seminar on the theoretical work of its two protagonists - Salome Voegelin and Brandon LaBelle - in collaboration with the MA Program of Sound Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). The third action consisted in a short stay of the two researchers/ artists and the curator in Madrid in order to explore the spaces and the urban and institutional context in which develop the fourth part of the project will take place: Tabacalera- Estudios. one of the main public art exhibition center in Madrid. This third phase of exploration ensures the methodological basis of the festival: a perspective radically based upon the concept of site-specific art, i.e. the definition and development of an artistic project from the detailed study of the social and architectural environment.

This fourth and last part (30th November 2017- 4th February 2018) Salomé Voegelin and Brandon LaBelle will carry out the projects conceived in the first three months of the year supplemented, as in the first phase, with a teorethical venue: the debate- presentation of the book Aurality and environment , with texts by  the partipants and Ana Garcia Varas, Jamie Heckert y Daniela Cascella.



Brandon LaBelle

The Free Scene (acoustics of cultural survival)


The work considers questions of cultural survival in today’s climate of crisis and new social solidarity. Working with a group of participating performers, a series of movement strategies are enacted within the empty floors of the Tabacalera building. Through the process, a scene is created that attempts to work through the potential of a collective imagination: to figure oneself as a body open to others and toward the crafting of a common city. Including experiments in group work, lonely walks, being and moving together, hiding out, speaking and listening, whispering, building and celebrating, the project is developed as a manifestation of self-organized processes and pirate imagination. Recorded on video, the final installation operates as an experimental “tone poem” comprised of audio-visual projections situated within a construction of found and related materials.

The Free Scene, is developed in collaboration with the artistic research project Synsmaskin, Faculty of Fine Art, University of Bergen:

Salomé Voegelin / David Mollin

Vocal Site Report


The way I walked the cars went backwards