The RWM working group began in 2016 with a simple proposal for the closest members of the RWM team to spend some time together, slow down processes, share physical space and see what happened along the way. A straightforward and generous gesture: once a month, eleven times a year, we started to get together as much as our choked schedules allowed, to cook and just hang out. Before, during and after, we shared our time, obsessions and methodologies, we thought aloud and we taught each other. From being to thinking. Thinking-by-doing. And after being, came doing. With the hospitable Cuina space at MACBA as a backdrop, we began to think collectively and politically about sound editing –what, who, how and why we use the scissors–, to parasitise each other’s skills and capabilities and to dream up our own sound libraries as distributed learning tools, based on the materials to hand.
First came the blind Foley sounds of ‘Colapso’ (our first collection of sounds), then we started thinking about electromagnetic space (and learned to solder our first sniffers and antennas), and finally we began exploring the sound palette of the gamelan at the Museu de la Música de Barcelona. Then Covid-19 arrived, and we evolved as a reading group, recording sessions and collective listening. Although still holding our breath, we've finally been able to get together again with new workshops and a residency at Phonos/UPF to enlarge our library of sounds.
The working group members are usually: Loli Acebal, Ricardo Cárdenas, André Chêdas, Antonio Gagliano, Roc Jiménez de Cisneros, Verónica Lahitte, Violeta Ospina, Tiago Pina, Quim Pujol, Anna Ramos, Txe Roimeser, Matías Rossi, Núria Rodríguez, Anna Irina Russell i Albert Tarrats.
This activity is part of Education from Below, a project with the support of Creative Europe's programme of the European Union Creative Europe.
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