Alejandro Aristizabal & Yomayra Puentes-Rivera
variable dimensions

SR10 exposes through a sound and visual composition processed by economic data the results of the implementation of the guaranteed basic income model in a group of 729 low-income families in rural areas of the states of Iowa and North Carolina, in a period 3 years *. In addition to the labor aspects involved, the experiment also analyzed other aspects such as family stability, the various forms of consumption and school performance of children and adolescents.Through the use of sound and visual tools, SR10 reflects the collision of nature and technology, and how this disruption can lead to new ways of conceptualizing society.
* Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, y U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. «The Rural Income Maintenance Experiment», noviembre de 1976. 

The piece seeks to extend the reflection of the economic impact that the introduction of applications that combine technologies with systems that integrate the use of artificial intelligence has had in both rural and urban areas. The resolution of problems together with the automation of certain processes has changed the rules of the game for many jobs previously in the domain of human hands, the speed of these changes implies uncertainty in the jobs that will be offered in the future. For this reason, discussions on the implementation of universal basic income or UBI as a system that allows citizens to have their basic needs covered met, so as to concentrate on living and not in surviving.

The piece was selected within the curator-ship of the exhibition Auris Mundus exhibited in Espacio Odeón in Bogotá.

The Auris Mundus exhibition was in turn selected within the curatorship of the big exhibition Que no cunda el pánico (¿hay otras maneras?).

SR10 expone a través de una composición sonora y visual procesada por datos económicos los resultados de la implementación del modelo de renta básica garantizada en un grupo de 729 familias de bajos ingresos de áreas rurales de los estados de Iowa y Carolina del Norte, en un período de 3 años *. Además de los aspectos laborales implicados también el experimento analizó otros aspectos cuentos como la estabilidad familiar, las diversas formas de consumo y el rendimiento escolar de los niños y adolescentes. A través del uso de herramientas sonoras y visuales, SR10 refleja la colisión de la naturaleza y la tecnología, y cómo esta interrupción puede llevar a cabo nuevas formas de conceptualizar la sociedad.

La pieza busca extender la reflexión del impacto económico que tuvo tanto en zonas rurales como urbanas la introducción de aplicaciones que combinan tecnologías con sistemas que integran el uso de la inteligencia artificial. La resolución de problemas unidos a la automatización de ciertos procesos ha cambiado las reglas del juego para muchos trabajos anteriores en el dominio de manos humanas, la rapidez de estos cambios supone incertidum bre en los puestos de trabajo que se ofertarán en el futuro. Por lo tanto, se ha vuelto a poner sobre la mesa las complicaciones sobre la implementación del ingreso básico universal o UBI (ingreso básico universal) como un sistema que le permite a los ciudadanos tener sus necesidades básicas cubiertas, de forma a concentrarse en vivir y no en sobrevivir.

* Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, y U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. «The Rural Income Maintenance Experiment», noviembre de 1976.

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Digital video 
3.06 min


Audiovisual piece exhibited at the Poéticas Auriculares exhibition in the framework of the Salón de Artistas de Funza 

6-11 September 2019
Exhibition curated by: David Zárate


Exploratory research of strategies used to create acoustic experiences of commemoration, remembrance, mourning and memory

Doctoral Thesis

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This research seeks to make an exploratory study of the strategies used by the creators of monuments, memorials, and commemorative places located in the public spaces that use sound as one of the primary raw material in their design. The term acoustic monu-memorials was coined in this research to encircle these structures and places. In order to achieve the goal of this research, it was necessary to compile a number of samples, primarily after the digital recording era of captured sound around 1971 to the present. The compilation was relevant because such a compendium was not found in the literature, and to the author's knowledge, a comprehensive investigation of the strategies used in planning acoustic monu-memorials in the urban spaces does not exist.

The method used to create such compendium was to send a question to people with different background identities, such as visual and sound artists, musicians, art curators, and heritage scholars among others. This question produced a selection of 51 examples of acoustic monu-memorials located in public spaces. Subsequently, the examples were classified into four major categories according to their form and nature. Additionally, two examples from the main categories were chosen as case studies: The Sinti and Roma Memorial in Berlin, Germany and the Niche monument in Cali, Colombia. These study cases were presented, described, and analysed in detail as they represent the type of what could be defined as an acoustic monu-memorial in general.

Lynch’s (1960) five elements that help individuals build the image of the city were transferred and used as a tool to help to build this image into acoustic terms. A thorough analysis of the acquired data yielded found the strategies used by the designers to shape, modify, transform, and structure public space. These strategies are entitled Sound Spaces. Moreover, a list entitled Urban Acoustic Commemoration Code was compiled. This list of suggestions addresses urban planners, architects, artists, designers, and general public interested in the aspects involved when creating acoustic commemoration phenomena in public spaces.
Video realized in the company of the artists: 
Adrián Villa Dávila, Mónica Naranjo Uribe, Edgar Guzmanruiz
Music by: Ricardo Narváez / Holman Álvarez / Mauricio Ramírez
10.50 min.

Commissioned video for the regional meeting of the Alumni DAAD (Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela): 250 years of Alexander von Humboldt: Cosmos or chaos? Scientific descriptions of the world today.
Meeting that took place from May 10 to 12.

In the piece 14,484,543 pasos the character of contemporary "trips" is revealed, visualizing in a virtual model the places that Humboldt travelled in his travels through the Americas.

Technology transports us through an aseptic and controlled world, where the senses are reduced to the movement of crawling fingers and the body is limited to a digital window.
The approximately 14,484 kilometres of American territory explored mainly on foot by Humboldt and his companions, vertiginously modified in the last 250 years, are travelled from the immobility and comfort of a computer.

The audio of the video recreates in part the musical Zeitgeist of the Humboldt era. The interpretation freely transforms the melodies and rhythms of the regions where the researchers passed.

publicada en el libro:  
FOTODRAMAS. Relatos de amor y traición
Editorial: Malevo Editores
Editores: Juan Alonso y David Cortés
ISBN: 978-958-48-6129-0 

Lanzamiento y Conversatorio del Libro "FOTODRAMAS" en Espacio Odeón.

Lugar: Espacio Odeón
Fecha: martes 7 de mayo 2019
Hora: 6pm
Dirección: CARRERA 5 # 12C - 73

Artistas participantes:

Sylvana Castro Barbudo
Natalia Cajiao Bolaños
Guillermo Arturo Santos Sáenz
Laura Magdiel Escobar Cipriam
Harol Javier Sosa Correa
Sebastián Jaramillo Matiz
Diana Paola Londoño Arias
Pablo Adarme Rodriguez
Rochele Costi
Daniela Ramona Garavito
Juan Manuel Díaz Sosa
Fernando Domínguez Pérez
Manuel Alejandro Parra
Carlos Felipe Barragán Flórez
Mateo Pérez
Máncel Martínez Ramos
Octavio Augusto Salazar Castiblanco
Mariam Abrajim Quiroga
Eugenia Varela sarmiento
Nicolas Makenzy
Andrés Makenzy
Yomayra Puentes-Rivera
Lina Alejandra Pulido Barragán
Juan Andrés Rodríguez Stepanichtchev
Ivan José Sierra Sanjurjo
Luisa Isabel Restrepo Ospina
Mauricio Edgardo Esquivel
Lina María Oliveros Sánchez
Paola Catalina Bermudez
Diana María Beltrán Gutiérrez
Matthew James O'Brien
Andrés Jurado
Iván Arturo Almanza Lamo
Andrés Díaz Cortés
Diego Alejandro Garzón
Alex Andrés Arce Aguirre
Manuel Kalmanovitz González
Nydimar Constanza Solórzano Parada
Sergio Andrés Diaz cortes
Diana Rodríguez


Digital photography

Spatialized audio
Galerie Waidspeicher 

Erfurt - Germany 13. 01. 2018

Mate-Realität is a multi-channel spatial musical composition and audio performance that intentionally explores the locatization of sound sources and their movement through space.

Performed for the first time at the opening of the exhibition »Materealität. Über Transformationen des Greifbaren / About Transformations of the Tangible« a collective art exhibition presented by the Multimediales Erzählen / Multimedia Narration course - Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

AudioLAB students –Bauhaus-Universität Weimar– together with students from Hoschschule für Musik Franz Liszt Weimar created this composition. I was one of the three students in charge of the audio spatialization. For this, we adapted a glove with a LightBlue Bean sensor and an Ultrasonic 4-pin proximity/distance sensor (HC-SR04), which allowed us to move the audio in the 3 axes and move it through 8 speakers located in the art gallery space. We use ‘the spatialization gloves’ as a fundamental composition parameter and a key feature for the listener.

The exhibition opening took place in the Galerie Waidspeicher, the performance was made under the direction of Teresa Carrasco, Artistic Assistant professor of Electroacoustic Composition and Sound Design • Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. 
The piece was elaborated in the class AudioLAB 1: Multidimensional Aspects of Live Electronics through the Application of Wireless Sensors, Tangible User Interfaces and Digital Interfaces. Jason Reizner and Dr. Teresa Carrasco were the instructors of this module. 
Amy Barnett, Ji Young Yoon (Chloe) and Pablo Silva Saray were the research assistants.  

Andreas Kühn
Benjamin Serdani
Denis Polec
Franziska Burkhardt
Gregor Trierweiler
Gellért Szabó (HfM)*
Heinrich Lenz
Ji Young Yoon (Chloe)
Jonas Friesel (HfM)*
Jordan White (HfM)*
Philipp Schmalfuss
Sandra Anhalt
Tupac Torres Bartsch

Amy Barnett 
Dasom Kim (HfM)* 
Yomayra Puentes-Rivera 

*Hochschule für Musik FRANZ LISZT, Weimar 

Documentation was made by Pablo Silva Saray who along with Benjamin Serdani made the video edition.

The collective art exhibition presents films, installations, projections and objects of more than 30 artists that can be seen between January 13 to March 4, 2018.

More info about the art exhibition: 

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Capítulo ocho / Achtes Kapitel
Digital photography 

This series is the product of the invitation made by OscarEnFotos in its newsletter number 4 in which he invites subscribers to send a series of photographs choosing a subject and a topic

Bilder- und Lebensgeschichten von Flüchtlingen
ISBN: 978-3-00-054525-2
Printed in Germany

Photo Exhibiton
2016 / 2017
in DNT between 22.10 until 16. 12. 2016
in AWO from 23.10. 2017 until - 5.12.2017

It is a publication of a photographic exhibition showing the result of a five-month photographic workshop with refugees who recently arrived in the city of Weimar in Germany and who at the time of the workshop lived in the refugee camp in the northern part of the city.  

The workshops were conducted under the name of Photoworkshop Bauhaus 2016 by Majd Murad (Syria), Razan Naser Eddin (Kuwait) and Yomayra Puentes-Rivera (Colombia). The refugees learned the basic knowledge of DSLR cameras and parallel to the basic technical aspects the participants analysed and worked around the concept of home.
The exhibition shows the results of this reflection.

The entire project was supervised a by Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt (Chair of Urban Studies and Social Research - Faculty of Architecture  and Urbanism at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar)

The project received the collaboration and support of:
AWO Kreuzverband Jena-Weimar
Weimar Kulturstadt
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Thüringen e.V.
Deutsches Nationaltheater und Staatskapelle Weimar DNT
Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst e. V. DAAD

Here an article in the local press: „Der Himmel sieht überall gleich aus“

Director: Prof. Dr. Frank Eckardt
Project Coordinator: Yomayra Puentes-Rivera
Communications Manager: Razan Naser Eddin
Project Designer: Majd Murad
Project producers: Paul Böttcher and Joullanar Wannous
Design of the Magazine: Gato & Mono design OHG, Weimar 

Special thanks to:
Maria Brückner, Andy Faupel, Susanne Leibner, Oliver Held, Beate Seidel, Sussan Leine, Jenifer Plaul, Sieglinde Meinberg, Ana Carolina Lima e Ferreira, Angelica Carvajal, Catalina Giraldo Vélez, Edgar Guzmanruiz, Emir Genc, Greta Valentinotti, Hans-Jörg Röhrich, Jad Murad, Lucia Schmidt, Mohamed El Azzazy