Oswaldo Maciá work about
SOMETHING GOING ON ABOVE MY HEAD

Something going on above my head
1999-2010
Sound sculpture

Maciá responds in this sculpture to how uninformed we are to familiar sounds and how difficult it is to sift out knowledge from the excess of information surrounding us. ‘Something going on above my head' is a symphony of 2,000 birdcalls sourced from international ornithological archives and audio libraries. Five hundred calls from four continents are drawn together into a symphonic narrative that plays through eight sound-channels over a half hour cycle. We humans often think of the sounds of birds as songs for our pleasure - our arrogance misguides our understanding. Each is an alarm call, communicating distress, defence or procreation. Maciá asks in 'Something going on above my head' that we take the time to listen as well as to hear.

 

Presented at:
Tate Britain, London, UK (2015)
Fundacion Banco Santander Madrid, Spain (2010)
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, UK (2009)
Pallant House Gallery Chichester, UK (2009)
Sound Festival de Lanaudiere Joliette, Quebec, Canada (2008)
51st Venice Biennial, Italy (2005)
Daros LatinAmerica, Zurich, Switzerland (2005)
Haunch of Venison, London, UK (2004)
The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada (2003)
Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2003)
Afroamerica, Porte au Prince, Haiti (2002)
Tirana Biennale, Albania (2001)
Event Uppsala, Sweden (2000)
Whitechapel Gallery London, UK (2000)
X-Teresa Mexico DF, Mexico City, Mexico (1999)
Collections: Tate Daros Latinamerica

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