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Architecture of Friendship

Etopia Center for Art and Technology (ES), Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza (ES), BIFI Instituto de Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos - Universidad de Zaragoza (ES), Fundación Zaragoza Ciudad del Conocimiento FZC (ES)

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Concert with Santiago Latorre – Sara Paniagua – Nieves Arilla

The Architecture of Friendship is a collective project inspired by the notion of the ecosystem and the value of interdependence led by Spanish composer/engineer Santiago Latorre. The group takes its name from the words of Hannah Arendt, who after being accused of lack of love for the Jews, responded: „You are quite right. I don’t love any people – neither the French nor the North American nor the Jewish nor the Blacks. I love only my friends.“ The project began as an exploration of real-time vocal manipulations. After being away from music-making for several years due to an injury in both arms, Latorre started experimenting with contactless movement sensors to modify the sound of his voice looking to gain back the feeling of playing an instrument. This first exploration grew and shifted through collaborations with artists and friends within the ecosystem of the Sound Laboratory at Etopia Center for Art and Technology in Zaragoza. American composer Colin Self, Colombian artist Carlos María Romero, and Spanish singer Nieves Arilla came together to produce the Architecture of Friendship music album. The sequence of songs is offered as hinges to activate and exercise empathy, to awaken hope and recharge enthusiasm, perhaps even to encourage care between the familiar and odd. For this performance, in collaboration with Spanish choreographer Sara Paniagua, the artists developed a prototype of a technology for using sound and movement to control lights on stage.

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Credits

Santiago Latorre – composer, performer, engineer
Nieves Arilla – performer
Sara Paniagua – choreographer, light designer
Colin Self – composer
Carlos Maria Romero aka Atabey Mamasita – writer
Ana Escario – camera operator
Adela Moreno – camera operator
Adrian Mored – video streaming director
David Tello – sound technician
Sandra Lanuza – MAX/MSP technician
Blanca Pérez – Residency program curator
Laura Montañés: Live music and performing arts curator
Developed in the CESAR Sound Laboratory at Etopia Center for Art and Technology in Zaragoza Spain Project supported by Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza, Fundacion Zaragoza, Ciudad del Conocimiento and BIFI Instituto de Biocomputación y Física de Sistemas Complejos – Universidad de Zaragoza