Barcelona Airport hosts a sound installation with the musician’s latest album
Brian Eno in Barcelona
The Arts Santa Mònica de Barcelona dedicates the most complete exhibition so far to the electronic and experimental music composer Brian Eno, which is complemented by an installation at the El Prat Airport that puts the musician’s latest album, Reflection, on the speakers.
“I had never thought that my music for airports would end up playing in one of them,” although it is not the first time because this has already happened in Berlin and Sao Paolo, has also celebrated the visual artist and producer in the presentation of the show Brian Eno . Lightforms / Soundforms.
Organized in collaboration with Sónar + D, after Eno gave the inaugural lecture of the Barcelona Festival’s professional competition in 2016, the exhibition merges music and light from the hand of recent works in contact with older projects and a selection of the pages of his notebooks in which he turns creative processes.
Both curator Lluís Nacenta and Eno himself have insisted that the exhibition is not a retrospective of the musician, because he does not feel so old as to receive this treatment, and for this reason the exhibition refuses showcases and focuses on proposing spaces Experiences.
“It is not an exhibition to travel, but to be” and to come calmly without crowds, Eno has suggested, that in the cloister Max Cahner shows a new piece, which considers the most complex in what generative music is concerned.
Between blue and green lights and a central area of sofas, the piece New Space Music proposes an immersive experience in an Eno work created through the freezing of various fragments of music generated through algorithms and that together form a new sound landscape With “some melodic games,” observed Nacenta.
“This piece is no longer generative music, but rather frozen,” U2 producer Talking Heads, David Bowie and Coldplay, who also shows how new light boxes of colors change with calibrated and very fine speeds of change , Explained the commissioner.
Eno, who graduated from college as a visual artist, conceives these light boxes as moving paintings, and in the large-format piece 77 million paintings proposes 77 million combinations of paintings based on drawings and works he has done throughout of his career.
It is a great generative audiovisual installation, with which the images and the sounds that compose it evolve indefinitely, according to a followed by norms that have a certain statistical dimension.
Thus, each combination of light and sound would take millions of years to repeat itself, so when the exhibition ends on October 1, millions of combinations will remain to be formulated.
In the exhibition, you can also see applications created by Eno, and in some cases have become therapeutic tools to treat disorders of the autistic spectrum, something that the musician has celebrated.
In fact, the composer created eight years ago a reduced version of the exhibition at an oncology center in England in which patients and medical staff face frequent panic states, which has garnered numerous fruits among users.
“Music has a therapeutic function,” said Eno, who argues that everyone is in a position to be creative and become an artist. “Children learn by playing, and the older we play with art and hopefully continue to think as children and as artists,” concluded the producer, after claiming the role of the arts.
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