Critical Constellations of the Audio-Machine in Mexico

CTM 2017 Exhibition curated by Carlos Prieto Acevedo

Photo by Antonio Russek.

This year’s exhibition takes as its focus the history and current state of electronic music and sound art in Mexico, guiding visitors through the various different musical styles and sound experiments that have emerged in the country since the beginning of the 20th century.

Curated by sound researcher Carlos Prieto Acevedo, the exhibition features work by a number of active members of the Mexican sound art community, including Ariel Guzik, Angélica Castelló, Guillermo Galindo, Roberto Morales Manzaneres, Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Mario de Vega and Carlos Sandoval. Talks and performances featuring Mexican music from the last 20 years as well as reworks and reconstructions of pieces from the beginnings of experimental music in Mexico link the exhibition to a larger international context.

Modernity and its influence on musicians and artists since the beginning of the 20th century; nationalism and identity; the role of machines in modernization; and the neo-liberal economic and political project that has engulfed Mexico since the 1990s are all turning points that have reflected themselves in musical and artistic production. In order to address these themes, the exhibition is organized in the form of a constellation of experiences that unfold in five sections: Indo-Futurism, The Mexican Cosmopolis, The Monstrous, Emanations and Epilogue. It avoids chronological narratives, instead favouring connections and assemblages that respond to the logics of rupture, astonishment, the accident, curiosity, promise, survival and fragility and to the possibility of reinventing life in the wake of an identity and cultural crisis within the essentialist project of the nation.

Focusing primarily on the aesthetics of sound, the exhibition will also reveal a larger cultural context by highlighting overlaps with visual arts, literature and cinema. It expands upon Carlos Acevedo’s book, Voltage Variations : Conversations with Mexican Sound Artists and Electronic Musicians, which was presented at CTM Festival in January 2014.

Stills and Images from the Exhibition

Veronica Gerber "Urban Intervention"
Angelica Castello, photo by Lisbeth Kovacic
Guillermo Galindo "Maiz"
Ignacio Baca, score for "Moebius"
View of Mexico City by Pablo Lopez Luz
Performance by Guillermo Galindo
Mario De Vega "Sobre Negro"


“Constellations of the Audio-Machine in Mexico” at CTM 2017 is funded by the FONCA (National Fund for the Arts and Culture, Mexico), AMEXCID (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico / Dual year Mexico-Germany program) and Fundación Cultural Bancomer.

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Critical Constellations of the Audio-Machine in Mexico

Kunstraum, Fri 27.01.2017, 19:00

Opening of the exhibition curated by Carlos Prieto Acevedo

A Century of Noise in Mexico: From Nationalist Symphonic Indio-futurism to Political Animism and Musical Emergences

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Tue 31.01.2017, 12:00

Carlos Sandoval, Guillermo Galindo, Alexander Bruck, Roberto Morales, Carlos Prieto Acevedo

Sonic Borders

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Tue 31.01.2017, 14:00

Guillermo Galindo

The Concrete Dispersion: Towards a Sound Art of Emanations

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Tue 31.01.2017, 15:30

Carlos Prieto Acevedo, Ariel Guzik, Angélica Castelló, Mario de Vega, Carmina Escobar

The Narcissus Ship: Seeking Contact With Our Ancestors from the Sea

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Tue 31.01.2017, 17:00

Ariel Guzik

Electronic Excursions into Alterity

HAU2, Wed 01.02.2017, 19:30

Roberto Morales Manzanares, Carmina Escobar, Guillermo Gallindo, Angelica Castelló

Radical Temperaments

HAU2, Thu 02.02.2017, 19:30

José Manuel Alcántara, Loré Lixenberg, Alexander Bruck, Liminar with Carlos Sandoval

The World After Tiepolo: America

Radialsystem V, Sat 04.02.2017, 20:00

Ensemble KNM, Liminar

Opening: 27.1.2017  |  19:00

Runs: 28.1–19.3.2017

During CTM: 28.1.–5.2.  |  daily 11–22:00

All other days: 11–20:00 

Venue: Kunstraum Kreuzberg