Sonified Textile Performance
Invited Artist – Paola Torres Núñez del Prado Paola Torres...

Invited Artist – Paola Torres Núñez del Prado

Paola Torres Núñez del Prado, recent recipient of the Google Arts + Culture Machine Intelligence Grant, was invited by Centro Selva to show her Sonified Textile Performance within the framework of The International Amazonian Art Biennale, Pucallpa 2019.

This was made possible thanks to the joint support of Centro Selva and Konstnärsnämnden – the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.”


This presentation lasts about 15 minutes and usually has a posterior explanation for the guests of the event that includes a sample of the mechanisms behind the pieces and their meaning. The three textile controllers presented are both works of art and devices that fall within the scope of Smart Textiles and innovate in the discipline of Human-Computer Interaction, allowing the user to experiment with other ways of approaching the execution of sound art or electronic music, this time, with soft and pleasant interfaces to both touch and sight. Referring to forms of expression and thought that are not of Western heritage, its design proposes another approach to technology, where it is common to find devices made of metal or plastic, both in conventional electronic sound presentations and in more experimental ones. The configuration of the controllers included in the sound proposal of Paola Torres Núñez del Prado offers, by its same structure, another way to manipulate the sound that the devices themselves modulate or generate.

-The Hanap Pacha Quipu is designed in the manner of this data storage system based on ropes and knots of the pre-Columbian era. The interface allows the user to reinterpret the first stanza of the polyphonic composition written in Quechua in the 17th century “Hanap Pacha Cussicuinin” that is characterized by its syncretism and its references to both European beliefs and common symbols in the Andean worldview.
-The Shipibo-Conibo Sonified Textile mixes sounds of the Amazonian rainforest with the voice of Auristela Brito, Shipibo singer, who plays traditional karos from her community.

-The Unkuña of Noise allows distorting the composition generated by the Shipibo textile sonified in real time.


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