Warscape Sonata

Filed on 25 / 03 / 2012
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About this project

A sound art composition about the use of viral media to bypass the war on drugs in Mexico
Infrastructure Minimum Optimum
Air tickets
Air tickets Mexico-Europe-Mexico
€ 1.200
Material Minimum Optimum
Audio CD production
Design, burn and mail distribution of a audio CD series.
€ 250
General Merchandise
Paper and other office stuff for prints (posters, booklets, stickers, etc). Web design (hosting, domain)
€ 100
Total € 1.450 € 1.550

General information

Remixing information related to the current drug war in Mexico: RSS news channels, microblogging hashtags, and viral videos are used as sources for an electronic registry of the historic moment of militarized Mexico.

This use of the internet within a wartime context is generating interesting forms of digital culture which are the basis of this project.

The information obtained from these sources is manipulated by GNU/Linux software to extract sound archives which are then used to create a noise musical structure that places aesthetic emphasis on the media aspect of the war.

Description of the project. Main features, strengths and differentials.

Warscape Sonata is a sound art piece that creates sonic modules to be aired digitally and/or analogically. The project includes also an electronic book about the documentation of the technical aspects of the software used. Additionally it will produce an special audio CD, free media workshops and one download web area.

Thi project is distributed with the Free Art Licence.

With this campaign I want to complete some financial requirements to produce and distribute the final product of the project.

Actually I have the support of the Nau Côclea, a Contemporary Creation Center in Camallera Spain, where I will be hosted to produce one version of this piece, as part of the Musica13 Art Residencies. (http://www.naucoclea.com/es/content/resoluci%C3%B3n-2012/)

Why this is important

What's happening in Mexico?

In late 2006, the Mexican federal government (with US support) declared war on the powerful drug trafficking cartels. The civilian population lives trapped in the crossfire amid war propaganda.

More than 50 thousand people have died as a result, including dozens of journalists. This has caused a crisis in information on the violent events which occur daily in Mexico.

Why to make radio art about Mexican NarcoWar?

In Mexico, a lot of civilians use the internet and social networks not only to increase the number of friends and socialize, but also to avoid becoming victims of crossfire. This social experiment with mass media is generating new forms of pop culture charaterized by intense human drama.

For example, Twitter messages about shootouts in progress have become commmon. On YouTube, one can find videos of armed confrontations, interrogations of cartel members, murders or messages from paramilitaries.

This use of the internet within a wartime context is generating interesting forms of digital culture which are the basis of this project.

Warscape Sonata is a tribute to all these innocent people that are triying to survive to the war using social media and common sense.

Goals of the crowdfunding campaign

The principal goal of this campaign is cover the production costs of the project, specially the air ticktes Mexico-Europe, to participate in the Música13 Art Festival organized by the Nau Côclea at Camallera Girona Spain.

With this campaign, it will be possible to produce also a special edition of audio CD, and to organize free software workshops and radio performances.

Team and experience

Warscape Sonata is a Vlax's art project supported by the Dyne.org Foundation and the Nau Côclea Creation Center.

Vlax is a multimedia and independent radio journalist based in Oaxaca (Southern Mexico) where he also works as a media consultant. Since almost a decade he had been experimenting with journalism, radio, video and net art. In year 2007 he screened in Texas and California USA segments of the collective video documentation related with 2006 Oaxaca's popular uprising. In year 2009 he was part of the Network Cultures Congress "Winter Camp" in Amsterdam. http://vlax.dyne.org

Dyne Foundation is dedicated to share the benefits of freedom in the digital world sharing ideas and inventions to promote horizontal access to knowledge, technology and media. Since 2000 Dyne.org run a nonprofit and planetary effort as a network of hackers dedicated to development of software libre. http://dyne.org

The Camallera Contemporary Creation Centre Nau Côclea is an space to investigage and produce diverse manifestations of art and culture characterized by highlighting the creation process. http://www.naucoclea.com/

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