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. But then Covid-19 arrived, and for now it exists as a reading group, recording sessions and collective listening, and we hold our breath hoping to be able to get together again soon.
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