Infrasonica is a digital platform of non-Western cultures. We record, analyze and debate the eeriness of sound and its auras, linked to the world with the audible, the hidden and the sensitive. Infrasonic waves operate at a frequency that is undetectable by human ears even though they are often generated by massive ecological phenomena, such as the movement of tectonic plates or the deep currents of the ocean. Infrasonica aims to be a catalyst for those vibrations.
The platform includes archives of experimental sound and visual artists, as well as theoretical musings on contemporary critical thought. By relying on a borderless network of collaborators, Infrasonica blends essays, conversations and speculative works that encourage critical curatorial and research projects.

  • Materia Audible / WAVE #4
  • Abril 2021
  • 6

Materia Audible / WAVE #4:

A variation of a popular saying goes “Si el río suena, es porque piedras lleva,” conceding rumor mills as a valid source of knowledge. If many people speak about the same thing with a minimal consensus, there must be an underlying truth to be discovered. Rumors are the encounter of sonic energy and social language.

The entanglement of knowledge and sound is to be understood from within the intimacy of situated collectivities and their relation to the audible. Sound is mediated, translated and negotiated collectively from where systems of non-Western knowledge take shape. The river groans because its materiality is in friction with the world.

Audible Matter, the title of our second Current, aims to think about the conjuncture of soundings and knowing-the-world through an audible experience. Contrary to a reduction of sound to cognitive human processes, we take inspiration in the anthropologist Steven Feld’s work on Acoustemology, considering situated knowledge and social systems that act with the world, and whose knowledge is based in collective memory, anti-colonial resistance and non-human kinship. The notion of knowledge is activated through the de-substantialization of sound, acting as ontological relationality, a sound that is simultaneously situated and fugitive and exists always in relation to others.

With our next set of Waves, we will respond to questions such as: How is sound mediated and translated? How does it shape indigenous epistemologies in tandem with the non-human world? How does the audible engage with the enigmas of silence and infrasonic registers of sound? Where do culture and the materiality of sound find each other? How do the sounds of trans-Atlantic waves pummeling stones into sand build upon a philosophical and existential experience?

We are beginning our exploration of Audible Matter by focusing on these types of questions. Our Wave #4 features sound artists, experimental composers, filmmakers, writers, musicians, scholars and artists.

  • Realismo Sonoro / Wave #3
  • Enero 2021
  • 7

Realismo Sonoro / Wave #3:

Sonic Realism is the first Current of Infrasonica, which will be composed of three annual Waves interrogating the relationship between non-western sonic/visual practices and politics. We aim to think about how sound is translated and mediated through cognitive and non-cognitive technologies, sabotaging labor automatism, regimes of truth and the politics of the representation of alterity.

In this series of collaborations, we will be drawn upon a set of practices ranging from music to practical theory, social art entanglements, contemporary arts, cyber-rituality, speculative works, activism and indigenous knowledge. We hope you enjoy this set of contributions as much as we have enjoyed working on them with our dynamic and engaging set of first collaborators, friends, colleagues and contributors around the world.

Sonic Realism explores the politics of sound in relation to the sensible world and its meanings while engaging with different materialities. This first current aims at contesting the terror of xenophobia; the enclosure of the anxious-self and the rise of ethno-nationalism around the world. We invite you to reconnect with the simple pleasure of uninterrupted listening, and that through browsing our Waves you will find yourself entwined in the space where text shifts to the vibratory pauses of sound.

  • Realismo Sonoro / Wave 1
  • Abril 2020
  • 7

Realismo Sonoro / Wave 1:

Infrasonica es una plataforma digital sobre culturas sónicas no occidentales. Registramos, analizamos, debatimos y pensamos las rarezas del sonido y sus auras, vinculadas con el mundo de lo audible, lo oculto y lo sensible. Las ondas infrasónicas son producidas por fenómenos ecológicos masivos, indetectables para el oído humano. Es acá en donde la extrañeza del sonido como lugar de encuentro se constituye, y en donde las potencias vibracionales ocurren.

Infrasonica incluirá archivos de sonido y musica experimental, artistas visuales, sonidos indígenas, así como trabajos teóricos vinculados al sonido y el pensamiento crítico contemporáneo. La plataforma expondrá ensayos, conversaciones, obras especulativas y de ficción, proyectos curatoriales y de investigación comisionados, con eventos ocasionales en espacios de arte contemporáneo en diferentes regiones del mundo.

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