Category Archives: Curatorial

Senses of Place | LOOP 2015

28 may – 6 june
Reial Cercle Artistic de Barcelona

David Baker, José Manuel Berenguer, Blake Carrington, Melissa F. Clarke, Seth Cluett, Andrew Demirjian, Tom Chant, Brian Chase, David Galbraith, Richard Garet, Lorenzo Gattorna, Sandra Gibson-Luis Recoder, Wolfgang Gil, Andy Graydon, Jim Haynes, Barbara Held, Victoria Keddie, Kenneth Kirschner, LoVid, Katherine Liberovskaya, David Linton, Daniel Neumann, Phill Niblock, Yann Novak, Ursula Scherrer, Pinkcourtesyphone (Richard Chartier-Rob Parrish), Yapci Ramos, Phillip Stearns, Pilar Subirá, Fernando Velázquez, Byron Westbrook, Florian Wittenburg.

LOOP Festival 2015

LOOP Barcelona 2015, The Real Circulo Artístico de Barcelona, Hangar, Eyebeam Sound Research Group, PHONOS (University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona) and the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre de Tenerife present “Senses of Place”, a program of exhibitions and screenings of audiovisual work, installations and performance that respond to space.

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An Immanence of Nature | collective exhibition with the artists Richard Garet, Barbara Held y Yapci Ramos | 11.00h. – 21.00h | Reial Cercle ArtisticGallery Space

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In this exhibition artists make use of technology to capture and display images and sounds that re-contextualize how we perceive the world. Through close listening, focused sight and careful attention to perception, these artists have created a micro-environment that rewards active exploration and encourages thoughtful contemplation of how we understand the world around us through our senses of sight and sound.

Winter | sound installation by Richard Garet, 2008
11.00h. – 21.00h | Reial Cercle Artistic – Blue Zone.

Winter is a surround 4.0 sonic construction focused on Winter as a subject. This interpretation was made from aural material recorded during December 2007 and March 2008 within the same 16-foot perimeter location in Astoria, Queens, NY.

Dark Before Dawn | video by Blake Carrington, sound from the album “Ulysses Syndrome” by Soundwalk Collective
11.00h. – 21.00h | Reial Cercle Artistic – Hall

Reial Cercle Artístic LOOP2015

Reial Cercle Artístic LOOP2015

“Dark Before Dawn” explores the subjective choreography of sound and image, the feedback loop between the two that informs and shapes what we think we see and what we think we hear. It takes the viewer through a slowly shifting, minimal and foggy color space that follows the contours of the album “Ulysses Syndrome” by Soundwalk Collective. Commissioned by Soundwalk Collective for their album “Ulysses Syndrome”.

Acoustic Imaging the Hudson | video by Melissa F. Clarke
11.00h. – 21.00h | Reial Cercle Artistic – Hall

Reial Cercle Artístic LOOP2015

Reial Cercle Artístic LOOP2015

Acoustic Imaging the Hudson shows a subsoil and underwater topography and past glacial movement; a particular profile of deep time and space history reaches the surface through sound signals and image data sent over. The installation shows the relationship between sound and image, water and sound, and with the sediments beneath.

Color Tones | sound installation by Wolfgang Gil
11.00h. – 21.00h | Reial Cercle Artistic – Courtyard
A site-specific, generative sound installation that produces its sonic content in response to the sounds occurring in the space in which the piece is installed. Comprised of slowly shifting tones and textures diffused over a multichannel sound system, the installation invites the audience to enter into a meditative dialog with the listening space. The piece is punctuated by periodic silences, during which the piece listens to the room and produces new content.

A project of the Sound Research Group at Eyebeam, New York

The Sound Research Group is a working group to focus on the what and why of sound art through critical discussion, collaborations, presentation of works in progress, and public events. For more information:

Recollections | video by Seth Cluett
11.00h. – 21.00h | Reial Cercle Artistic – Courtyard
A single, unedited, wide-angle shot of the edge of a forest, this video contains monaural audio of the sound of a person walking from the left  to the right of the screen. The visual occlusion of the forest combined with audio whose close-mic’d detail  provides no cues for locating the position of the walker. The viewer is forced to search, knowing that there must be a connection between hearing and sight, but is forced to rely on scanning the video carefully in search for alternative clues as to location of the sound source.


Screening | program of audiovisual works. Curated by Richard Garet and Barbara Held.
11.00h – 21.00h | Reial Cercle Artistic – Sala Atlants

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A  program of audiovisual works from artists working with sound, expanded cinema and video, presenting works of David Baker-Florian Wittenburg, Blake Carrington, Melissa F. Clarke, Andrew Demirjian, David Galbraith, Lorenzo Gattorna, Sandra Gibson-Luis Recoder, Richard Garet, Andy Graydon-Kenneth Kirschner, Jim Haynes, Victoria Keddie, LoVid, Katherine Liberovskaya-Phill Niblock, David Linton, Yann Novak, Ursula Scherrer-Brian Chase, Pinkcourtesyphone, Phillip Stearns, Fernando Velazquez and Byron Westbrook.


Concert | performance by Aetherart
4 june – 21.00h. – 22.00h | Reial Cercle Artistic – Courtyard

This performance is a collective exploration of architectural acoustics, the interactive environment of Wolfgang Gil’s installation and Seth Cluett’s score system that utilizes concepts from machine listening research to enable performers to take on the role of adaptive listeners with a score. A visualization of the scored-work in tandem with the sounds of the ambient environment will drive a thin wire with mirrors placed at acoustically significant points along it. A thin strip of a video projection will be reflected throughout the courtyard, modulated chaotically by the sum of the sounds in the space. Barbara Held, Tom Chant, Pilar Subirà, Jose Manuel Berenguer, Daniel Neumann, video by Yapci Ramos.
A project of the Sound Research Group at Eyebeam, New York


Introduction to nonlinear methods of composition using MAX / MSP | workshop by Wolfgang Gil. Hangar – June 2 & 3
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This is an introduction to the use of statistics for audio processing in real time.

The focus on sound composition is based on the definition of “sections” or states of a stochastic system, and “transitions” between sections, using a series of modules that I have created in Max/MSP, a graphic tool that permits logical computation of sound using visual objects.

New York-based Venezuelan sound artist and programmer Wolfgang Gil explores the interrelationship of sound, the listener, and the space of listening. In his experimental work, it is in the listener’s willingness to engage in a personal dialog with the sound and space that the work finds its purpose. He is director of Eyebeam’s Sound Research group, and since 2012, Gil, Richard Garet y Daniel Neumann direct the portable gallery/platform for sound installation work on Contour Editions.


Non-Representational Spatial Sound | workshop by Daniel Neumann
Hangar – June 2 & 3

This workshop is part of the investigation into the architectural space as strategies for exploring sound, sound material and its modulation by space and situation. The workshop will give a historical overview on the subject with some technical background and explore aesthetics and techniques for spatialization. Listening will be practiced as a phenomenological activity: the listener immersed in inner spaces / distance and continuity / sound as intersubjective space. The loudspeaker is an instrument, a resonating exciter, and the space is the resonator, like the wooden body of a violin.

Daniel Neumann is a sound artist based in Brooklyn, professional sound engineer with master’s degree in media art from the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. His main focus is the investigation of how sound interacts with space and how spaces can be shaped by sound. As curator, he directs the CT-Swam monthly series at Eyebeam, New York. He has presented work at Fridman Gallery, MoMA PS1, Pratt Institute, Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, Sculpture Center New York, Eigen & Art Gallery Leipzig, Skolska28 Prague, Lothringer13 Munich and many more.


AudioVisions is a program of video works in which moving image intersects with sonic art.
Curated by Barbara Held and Katherine Liberovskaya
produced by Espai Ubú for LOOP Festival 2009


Program AudioVisions:

Distillation:Tulsa 2008   8’17
video, Ursula Scherrer música, Michelle Nagai

Four-wheel Drive 2007/08    5’30
video, Katherine Liberovskaya  sound collage, Phill Niblock

Topolo PN  2005 11’50
Phill Niblock

analog signals Anne Wellmer
grabado en collaboracion con Katherine Liberovskaya   2009

Tehran, Noemi Sjoberg  2005  5’08

London Heathrow 2004  6’01
video, Ursula Scherrer música, Michael J. Schumacher

Hommm 2005 4’43
video, Francesca Llopis  música, Barbara Held

UG     2009   9’05
video, Ursula Scherrer  musica, Kato Hideki

Rantdance   2009  12
video, Katherine Liberovskaya music, Al Margolis (IF, Bwana)

analog signal 3 Anne Wellmer, 48”  2009

S.T. 2009  6’54
Video, Francesca Llopis  so, Barbara Held

Possibility of Action: the Life of the Score

Score by Alice Santoro

MACBA Documentation Centre
17 JUNE – 05 OCT. 2008

«I sometimes think of music as a succession of sounds which on reaching the listener’s ear turns back on itself and retraces its path, in orderly disorder, until re-entering the mind of the person who thought it up», wrote the Italian artist and composer Walter Marchetti.

Together with Robert Ashley, Eugènia Balcells, Joan Brossa, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Pauline Oliveros, Lee Ranaldo and Yasunao Tone, Marchetti was one of the authors whose work was included in the exhibition Possibility of Action. The Life of the Score, curated by Barbara Held and Pilar Subirà at the MACBA Study Center.

The exhibition explored the possibilities of musical notation, loosely understood as a means for musical and visual transmission, and brought together historical and contemporary scores as well as artistic creations not strictly from the field of music. Scores became a field of action, sound became artistic material, the boundaries between art, music and life blurred, and the powers of composers, performers and audiences merged.

The exhibition was presented in conjunction with the RWM program Lines of Vision, a new space for sound experimentation.

Clear Music, Eugenia Balcells

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Lines of Sight for radio web macba

LINES OF SIGHT, curated by Barbara Held and Pilar Subirá, takes its name from the interconnected points of the global resonant space created by radio and other wireless technologies. From out of the extraordinary array of music that plays on this world-wide stage, we will follow threads as diverse as musical notation and non-linear composition, and introduce artists who explore the ideas around transmission as a medium for creative expression.
Transmission, translation, revelation>>>the performance score

David Behrman

LINES OF SIGHT #1 takes inspiration from recent projects concerning the musical score; musical, sociological, biological explorations of how our minds and intuition translate and transmit music.

The compositions on this program have been realized from scores as varied as an interactive computer software controlled by a live performer, verbal instructions that undermine a pre-recorded playerpiano recording, data from a gps navigational system that converts geographical position into mathematical sounds, a text by Jacques Derrida and three superimposed similarly evanescing matrices of differently white numbers.

Música a Metrònom

Created and curated by Barbara Held

Sala Metronom, Barcelona, Spain
with guest curators Augusti Fernandez, Francisco Lopez, IBA, Bert Bongers

Setmana de musica experimental 1985

Phill Niblock
Christian Marclay
Elliot Sharp
Paul Panhuysen
Ellen Fullman
Llorenç Barber
Charles K. Noyes
Oriol Graus
Roscoe Mitchell
Tom Buckner
Gerald Oshita

Músiques Submergides,1993
Curated by Barbara Held
collaboration of KRTU
with the collaboration of artists  Jorge Ribalta, Marcel Pey, Pere Noguera i Jordi Benito

Nicolas Collins
Fátima Miranda
Fast Forward
Takehisa Kosugi
“Blue” Gene Tyranny
Miquel Jorda
David Behrman
Barbara Held
Josep Manuel Berenguer
Miquel Gaspà, clarinet
Gordon Monaha
Joel Ryan
Michel Waisvisz
Pauline Oliveros

II Setmana Internacional de musica experimental, 1996

George Lewis
Evan Parker

“Death Praxis”
Tenko & Ikue Mori

“Fugue State (for David Tudor)”
Ron Kuivila

Miquel Jorda

Música a Metrònom, 1997
Co-Curated by Barbara Held and Augusti Fernandez

Sainkho Namtchylak, voz
Peter Kowald, contrabajo

Tom Cora and “Man with the Movie Camera”
Tom Cora, violoncel

“L’ombra dels pins”
Augusti Fernandez, piano
Carlos “Zingaro”, violin

Robert Ashley, “Perfect Lives”
Robert Ashley, voz
Carme Canela, voz
Mirianna Miracle, voz
Jordi Colomer, escenografia

Wave Field”
Rafael Toral, live electronics

“Relative Calm”
Jon Gibson, solo saxo soprano

Installation sonora:

Lewis de Soto


1 no es 1. Acció a tres bandes
Jordi Benito
Michael Forster, Jordi Benito, Augusti Fernandez

Música a Metrònom, 1998
Co-curated by Barbara Held and Augusti Fernandez

Light and sound installation:
Maria Blondeel
Michael Vorfeld


“una sintesi acustica”
‘Liba’ Villavecchia
Paul Stouthamer
Joan Saura
Wade Matthews
Steve Noble
Oren Marshall

Young Farmers Claim Future  “Farmer’s Almanac”
Herbert van de Sompel
Guy C. Jules van Belle

Frances-Marie Uitti, cello

‘Butch’ Morris  “Conduction num. 92
Big Ensemble Taller de Musics

Chefa Alonso
Michael Babinchak
Mark Cunningham
Christiaan de Jong
Augusti Fernandez
Lito Iglesias
John Leaman
Wade Matthews
Barbara Meyer
Marc Miralta
Steve Noble
Javier Olondo
Benet Palet
Joan Saura
“Liba” Villavecchia

Música desterritorialitzada
Yasunao Tone
Barbara Held, flauta
Carles Hac Mor, veu


“Luz del pasado”
Paloma Navares
Barbara Held

“The Messenger”
Paul de Marinis

Terry Fox

Don Ritter

Música a Metrònom, 1999

Peter Kowald’s Global Village & Jin Hi Kim
Peter Kowald, contrabajo
Xu Feng Xia, ghuzeng
Gunda Gottschalck, violin y viola
Jin Hi Kim, komoungo
Floros Floridis, saxo
Okay Temiz, percussion
Savina Yannatou, voz

“The Well” & “Electric Wind” de Ron Kuivila
Barbara Held, flauta
Adolf Alcañiz, video

“Trilogie de la Mort”
Eliane Radigue

…roaring, roaring, roaring
Andrés Corchero, dansa
Augustí Fernández, piano

“Call Me”
Kaffe Matthews

Música a Metrònom, 2000

Live FMOL Trio
Sergi Jordà, sintetitzador FMOL
Pelayo F. arrizabalaga, saxo alt, clarinet baix i scratch
Cristina Casanova, Sintetitzador FMOL

Espace donné
Hans W. Koch, electronica
Andreas Wagner, saxo

Jane Riggler, flauta
Hannes Giger, contrabaix
Koji Asano, composició

Arcana 33 1/3, captital magnetic, Sawhorse
Mark Trayle

Susie Ibarra, percussió
Assif Tsahar, saxo tenor i clarinet baix

musica absoluta 001
Francisco López


Phill Niblock

Música a Metrònom, 2001

Angel Pereira, multipercussió

Mappings núm. 2
Anne Wellmer, live electronics i video
Justin Bennett, software i cartografia
Boris Gerrets, videoclip

Bert Bongers, video-orgue
Yolanda Harris, video-orgue

Matt Davis, trompeta
Rhodri Davies, arpa
Mark Wastell, violoncel


The actor, action, and the acted upon
Matt Davis
Simeon Portway

Musica a Metronom, 2002
curated by Barbara Held and Bert Bongers

Constanza Brznic, dansa
Héctor Ayuso, video
Oriol Rossell, só

Konic thtr
Alain Bauman
Rosa Sánchez

Hilari Jeffery (Tromboscillator
Cesar Villavicencio, MIDI bass recorder
Gurukirn Khalsa, dansa

The Hands
Michel Waisvisz

The video organ
Bert Bongers
Yolande Harris

Frances-Marie Uitti, cello++

Jonathan Impett, meta-trumpet

Laetitia Sonami, the lady’s glove

The Metrònom Meta-Orquestra


Conjunciones & Copulativas | Wooden House, iron be, straw hat
Francesc Abad
Barbara Held, sound

Musica a Metronom, 2003
curated by Paul DeMarinis

Long Tube with gestual interface, How do You Get to Carnegie Hall
Brenda Hutchinson
with Alexandra Gardner, Carles Santos, Augusti Fernandez, etc.

Krystyna Bobrowski

Paul DeMarinis

Nigel Helyer

Roberto Morales

Joan Fontcuberta, comissari
28.02.03 – 29.03.03

video documentation

Metrònom ha volgut fer un expriment: donar a una sèrie de creadors d’àmbits molt diferents l’oportunitat de reaccionar espontàniament a la percepió d’objectes de la seva elecció a travès d’un microscopi electrònic. En un grup seleccionat per Joan Fontcuberta es troben músics, arquitectes, poetes, escultors, pintors, fotògrafs….Els participants són Barbara Held, Ivan Bercedo i Jorge Mestre, Carles Hac Mor i Ester Xargay, Isaki Lacuesta, Sylvie Bussières, Perejaume i el mateix Joan Fontcuberta.

Joan Fontcuberta, SIPACO (síndrome de Patriotisme Constitucional)
Carles Hac Mor i Ester Xargay, Sextina al microscopi
Barbara Held, The Innermost Nature of Things
Perejaume, Pa d’or
Sylvie Bussièries, Anatomia interrompuda
Jorge Mestre i Ivan Bercedo, Coreografia del petroli
Isaki Lacuesta, Exploració d’un fotograma en estat de descomposició, L’ull de Déu, Microscopías

mega kai mikron
José Manuel Berenguer

Musica a Metronom, 2004
curated by Barbara Held and Francisco Lopez

I.D. &  Zbigniew Karkowski

Alvin Lucier “Small Waves”
Roland Dahinden, trombón
Hildegard Kleeb, piano

Tom Recchion y Zipper Spy

Marc Behrens y Thomas Lehn

Michael Gendreau y Emil Beaulieau

Musica a Metronom, 2005
curated by IBA

Jérome Noetinger, dispositiu electroacústic
Christophe Auger, projectors de cinema
Xavier Quérel, projectors de cinema

John Tilbury, piano
Eddie Prévost, percussió

Jorg Kallinich, diapositives per a 10 projectors
Marit Schlechte, piano, reproductors CD

KOBERCE / ZACLONY (catifes / cortines)
Ivan Palacky, micròfons de contacte, dictàfons, microenregistraments, objectes
Vera Lukasova, Imatges en moviment manipulades per image/ine software

Xavier Charles, superficies vibrants
Will Guthrie, percussió amplificada
Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Micròfons de contacte sobre tocadiscs
Jean Phillippe Gross, taula de mescles, conductors
Ferran Fagesm giradiscs acústic
Andrea Neumann, piano frame

Video Documentation

Music at Metronom 200-01 season

Paul DeMarinis concert, 2003

Conjunciones & Copulativas | Wooden House, iron be, straw hat
Francesc Abad
Barbara Held, sound