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by Shak

"Only through time, time is conquered," T.S. Eliot.
"To be on the outside is also to be on the inside", Pablo Garcia Casado


Dispolitopia: dystopic and political
Through the figure of the flâneur we will work on the dramaturgy of sound in abandoned spaces, recording certain sounds, noises, or voices, with mobile technology and including them in the work we produce. We will work in the studio with voices and other sounds. We are interested in these spaces, which are located or paralyzed in a certain historical moment. Any space conceived as a mere transit. How the ruin, the structure, survives in spite of the irremissible passage of time. With urban exploration we make contact with bodily sensations caused by passing through them: shivers, a certain feeling of insecurity. This way we will transfer it to the sound, to the musical emotions, to our own poems, to the sound work we do.

Photos: Alicia G. Nuñez

A non-place, as Marc Augé already stated in the field of anthropology or Ballard in that of science fiction, is a middle ground that does not provide us with an identity, it takes it away in a way. We are interested in the relationship of these concepts applied to poetry: "There is no time for poetry", written by Carilda Oliver Labra. The genre itself is a non-place between literary genres. Poetry is the margin, the marginal note, the musicality, the body, the experience, the game of repetitions that give other meanings to the signifier itself. This is how we work with the poetic genre: weaving a sound space that gives meaning to those residual spaces, victims of the acceleration of capitalist processes or the excessive advance of neoliberalism. We are interested in emphasizing how these urban spaces affect the environment, how they abound after certain historical processes, grow, and are destined to become disused or to provide refuge for those affected by the social context. How nature takes sides, takes possession of them with its branches, trees growing inside them. How time has been eating up space at the same time, we are interested in stopping for a moment. To forget the fear it arouses, to consider it a lie.


VOC-DAT is made up of poet, multidisciplinary artist and journalist Alicia G. Núñez, experimental musician Daniel Álvarez and plastic artist and poet Ángela Gemio. It is also the acronym of Alejandra Pizarnik's verse: "Vertigo or contemplation of something that ends".

They work in the field of contemporary sound art, experimental electronic music and poetry. Their research includes the work of authors such as Gloria Fuertes, Virginie Despentes, Adrienne Rich or A. Pizarnik and their own. Their live performances are random and improvised in real time. Each sample of their production is unique in terms of performance.

Photo Bubalú

The piece programmed here is a field recording work that was made for the call "24H Phonography of the World" of the UQAC - Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. VOCDAT was selected for this call and made a field recording and live recording at Konvent Zero. The band at that time was formed by Alicia G. Núñez, Daniel Álvarez Martínez and Ángela Gemio. Nowadays only Dani is still with the band.
Alicia G. and Ángela Gemio have embarked on a new path with a band called LiTTiO X, with the same mutant and noise-generating spirit.