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mikromusik Festival
Israel Martinez: Movements (2017, UA)
Auftrag des Berliner Künstlerprogramms des DAAD

23.-27.8.2017, mi-sa 10-20 Uhr, sp 10-18 Uhr
22.8.2017, 19 Uhr Eröffnung Installation
Ort: Laube in den Prinzessinnengärten
Aufnahme- und Produktionsassitenz: Diego Martinez

Der mexikanische Klangkünstler Israel Martinez untersucht die akustische Prägung öffentlicher Räume auf ihre politischen oder alltäglichen Ge- und Missbrauchsspuren und deren Hintergründe. Klänge lassen nicht immer hören, was sich an Bedrohlichem ereignet. Für die neue Installation, die bei mikromusik präsentiert wird, hat Israel Martinez (Gast des BKP 2012) Aufnahmen in vier Häfen Mexikos gemacht, die für den dortigen Drogenhandel bekannt sind. In Veracruz, Acapulco, Manzanillo und Mazatlan machte er Aufnahmen von Wasserbewegungen und Strandleben, von Hafen- und Maschinengeräuschen, die Hinweise auf die Aktivitäten vor Ort geben, die er zu einem räumlichen Klangenvironment montiert, das die Ambivalenz der Klänge wiedergibt. Eine zweite Ambivalenz wird durch den Installationsort in Berlin erzeugt, der von den Berlinern als Freizeitort, als ungefährlicher Ort wahrgenommen und aufgesucht wird. Die dem Drogenkrieg immanente Bedrohung erschließt sich erst durch eine intensive Beschäftigung.

"Mexico is one of the strongest processors and distributors of drugs in the world, its export reaches North America, Europe, Africa and Oceania. Mexican cartels are similar to transnational corporations, in collusion with the government and establishing businesses with all kinds of entrepreneurs around the world. Meanwhile, Mexico is plunged into an economic crisis in which precariousness has been regularized to the middle class, and poverty rates have grown radically. In addition, some states of the republic are placed among the bloodiest of the globe, like Guerrero, Tamaulipas and Chihuahua. The port of Acapulco is the second most dangerous city according to several international statistics, only after Caracas in Venezuela. Paradoxically, the level of drug consumption in Mexico is not worrisome.

Sea lanes are the main channels of drug distribution around the world. In a large number of Mexican ports, these illegal substances are stowed on all types of vessels, including interoceanic freighters, naval ships, modest fishing boats or luxurious private yachts. International seaports like Veracruz, Manzanillo, Mazatlán, Acapulco, Tampico and Lázaro Cárdenas, are involved in the global drug movement. During the summer of this year I have made field recordings in the first four of them.

The dynamics for the capture of sounds in these sites was to arrive repeatedly until the entrance of the port terminals, controlled by the naval force and in which usually the customs agents operate. In all of them I was denied access as to anyone who does not work on them or who is not part of the militia. From this failed experience, I began to record in the surrounding areas of the maritime terminals, which include warehouses, tourist beaches, fishing ports, public parks, town squares, restaurants, cafes and other sites characteristic of these port cities, as well as some container ships which I did have access until a few centimeters through tourist boats that have permission to approach. Most of these sounds contrast with a possible imaginary of the grayish spectrum around the drug business.

Besides making a punctual auditory recording of four international seaports in which drugs are mobilized to different geographies, I propose to explore the expressive and imaginative possibilities of field recording, of capturing the soundscape. Referring to certain notions expressed by Peter Cusack in his concept of Sonic Journalism: the auditory record can be as concrete and useful as ambiguous and expressionless. It is then that some extra element must complement the listening and its analysis, the reflection around this. Sometimes a text or some images help in this process, other times the listener must do it from an open, imaginative and, above all, active position."
Israel Martínez, July 2017

In Kooperation mit Prinzessinnengärten
Mit Unterstützung von Secretaría de Cultura Jalisco (Proyecta Traslados) und Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte del FONCA, Mexiko

Fotos Manzanilla, Verakruz, Acapulco, Mazatlan: Israel Martinez

10-20 Uhr
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