This is a sound-installation that uses the work of Uruguayan poet, Mario Benedetti, as the source material for creating a sonic-field that changes every time it is played. Using 53 recordings of Benedetti’s poems, recorded by the poet’s voice himself, Richard Garet fragmented each of the 53 poems, by cutting words or short snippets from it, and he created hundreds of edited derivatives from the poems that he then placed into a computer folder for generative configuration purposes. The audio tracks are being selected randomly and played algorithmically dismantling the compositional syntax and the poetic structure of Benedetti’s poems. Subsequently, this presentation of Benedetti’s broken-up text introduces an element of chance that creates a new structural outcome every time it is played, drawing attention not only to sound and listening, but also onto the explorations of language, meaning, and subjectivity. The visitors will be able to navigate the environment listening a sustained phonetic generative playback of intertwined sounds emphasizing the voice’s timber, subtle mouth sounds, and unique idiosyncratic gestures of Benedetti’s voice and speech delivery. Moreover the visitors will also establish their own interpretations of the words’ newly established relational structures as they grasp personal meaning from their own personal listening experience. This piece will play indefinitely and it won’t ever play the same way twice.

The Liberation of Meaning
By Richard Garet, (ongoing)
Source: 53 Poems by Mario Benedetti,
From the CD El Amor, Las Mujeres y La Vida

     
       
       
       
 

 

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First International Bienial of Cartagena de Indias, 2014

February 7–April 7, 2014
Press preview: February 6, 2014
Opening weekend for friends of BIACI: February 7–9, 2014
Cartagena de Indias
Colombia
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#1: Cartagena is an issue-oriented project with works spread throughout the historic district. #1: Cartagena reflects on the cultural traditions of the people, the history and the deep connections to the colonial past, as well as encompassing literature, cinema, music, dance and crafts. The Biennial focuses on the idea of presence in its multitude of meanings, conveying how the past continues with us in the present. Structured as a hypertext, the macro project of the Biennial proposes a discontinuous journey through nine locations, each one presenting a multiplicity of narratives and memories. This structure also promotes the re-signification of the city as a monument. The viewer decides their own itinerary, making links from one space to another, stopping here and there to look at the city-monuments, and endowing their chosen circuit with the power, excitement and soul of the city. This personal journey gives meaning to the macro text: the Biennial and its exhibitions, site-specific projects, performances, film program and lectures.

Founded in 1533, Cartagena de Indias is a colonial town located in the center of the northeastern coast of Colombia. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena has received a unique and interesting confluence of influences over its 500-year history that include pre-Columbian native Aboriginal, Spanish, African and Arab cultures. It is rich in multicultural folklore, and widely considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean.

The Biennial´s Artistic Director is international curator and writer Berta Sichel. For this project, she worked with three co-curators: Bisi Silva, the Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos; Barbara Krulik, independent curator; and Paul Willemsen, film scholar. She also consulted with critics and other curators in the formation of the Biennial.

#1: Cartagena: international exhibition
Suzanne Anker, Eduardo Abaroa, Helena Almeida, Julieta Aranda, Maria Jose Arjona, Charles Atlas, Radcliffe Bailey, Rosa Barba, Perry Bard, Yto Barrada, Lothar Baumgarten, Terry Berkowitz, Janet Biggs, Anna Boghiguian, Francois Bucher, Trisha Brown, Fernando Bryce, Anna Camner, Peter Campus, Nuria Carrasco, Nick Cave, Willie Cole, Bill Culvert, Elena del Rivero, William Engelen, Nezaket Ekici, Richard Garet, Ximena Garrido-Leca, Justine Graham, Asta Gröting, Federico Guzman, Romuald Hazoume, Diango Hernandez, Kirsten Heshusius, Sheila Hicks, Maria Teresa Hincapie, Candida Höfer, Katie Holten, Shirazeh Houshiary, Satch Hoyt, Marine Hugonnier, Jesper Just, Clemencia Labin, Dana Levy, Ligorano/Reese, Christiane Löhr, Inés Lombardi, Oswaldo Maciá, Lucía Madriz, Marcellvs L., Jenny Marketou, Billy Martin, Julie Mehretu, Zwelethu Methethwa, Marta Minujín, Guillermo Mora, Carlos Motta, Beth Moyses, Maria Nepomuceno, Lorraine O’Grady, Emeka Ogboh, Uche Opka-Iroha, Kristin Oppenheim, Trevor Paglen, Guillermo Paneque, Periferica, João Penalva, Libia Posada, Freya Powell, Khalil Rabah, Jessica Rankin, Luis Fernando Ramirez, Alvaro Restrepo and El Colegio de Cuerpo, Steven Roden, Lotty Rosenfeld, Ruby Rumié, Eduardo Sarabia, Carlos Schwartz, Teresa Serrano, Hassan Sharif, Yinka Shonibare, Kimsooja, Philip Taaffe, Tallur L.N., Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Mickalene Thomas, Ana Torfs, Adán Vallecillo, Raúl Gómez Valverde, Sergio Vega, Anton Vidokle, Leo Villareal, Bill Viola, Stephen Vitiello, Gijs van Bon, Svetlin Velchev, Friedemann von Stockhausen, Pawl Wojtaski, Ming Wong, Betty Woodman, Yin Xiuzhen, Suda Yoshihiro, Dolores Zinny and Juan Maidagan

Imperfect Idler or When Things Disappear: Colombian artists exhibition
Felipe Arturo, Jaime Avila, Andrés Felipe Castaño, Colectivo Octavo Plastico (Roberto Carlos Pérez, Ana Victoria Padilla, and Emanuel Julio Pinilla), Nicolás Consuegra, Wilson Díaz, Julián Dupont, Juan Manuel Echavarría, Clemencia Echeverri, Adrián Gaitán, Elías Heim, Leonardo Herrera, Juan David Laserna, Verónica Lehner, Diego Mendoza, Ana Maria Millan, Óscar Muñoz, Oscar Murillo, José Olano, Juan Obando, Bernardo Ortiz, Juan Peláez, María Fernanda Plata, Luis Roldan, Miguel Angel Rojas, Maria Isabel Rueda, Wilger Sotelo, Paola Tafur, Pablo Gomez Uribe

       
     
       
       

Richard Garet
The Liberation of Meaning, 2014

Mac-mini, custom application, and 2 speakers

Generative sound installation

Collection of the artist and
Julian Navarro Projects, New York

   
The Liberation of Meaning, Sound Installation at The Palace of the Inquisition, Cartagena, Colombia, 2014
The Liberation of Meaning, Sound Installation at The Palace of the Inquisition, Cartagena, Colombia, 2014
   
   
       
   

Richard Garet
The Liberation of Meaning, 2014

Mac-mini, custom application, and 2 speakers

Generative sound installation

Collection of the artist and
Julian Navarro Projects, New York

   
The Liberation of Meaning, Sound Installation at The Palace of the Inquisition, Cartagena, Colombia, 2014
The Liberation of Meaning, Sound Installation at The Palace of the Inquisition, Cartagena, Colombia, 2014
   
   
   
   

Richard Garet
The Liberation of Meaning, 2014

Mac-mini, custom application, and 2 speakers

Generative sound installation

Collection of the artist and
Julian Navarro Projects, New York

   
The Liberation of Meaning, Sound Installation at The Palace of the Inquisition, Cartagena, Colombia, 2014
The Liberation of Meaning, Sound Installation at The Palace of the Inquisition, Cartagena, Colombia, 2014
   
   
   
   

Richard Garet
The Liberation of Meaning, 2014

Mac-mini, custom application, and 2 speakers

Generative sound installation

Collection of the artist and
Julian Navarro Projects, New York

 

   
The Liberation of Meaning, Sound Installation at The Palace of the Inquisition, Cartagena, Colombia, 2014
The Liberation of Meaning, Sound Installation at The Palace of the Inquisition, Cartagena, Colombia, 2014
   
   
   
   
   
   
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