A Strong, Safe And Sound Structure

June 2019.

Photo: Emily Jacir 2019

Sebastián Rawicz residency at the Dar Jacir´s Sound Studio started with a question: how to transpose the experience of a space?

When he first entered the small square building made of stones in Dar Jacir´s garden, he perceived it as a sacred structure, a hiding place from which listening would be possible without being seen. A protected place for silence and contemplation. A place of geographical convergence, where the wind rose perfectly opens towards the four walls, creating a harmonical balance at its center.

Is the sacred aura of this space related to its past, to its previous disposal? To its location? To the events it witnessed?

In order to bring his experience back to Santiago, Sebastián decided to create a narrative of the Sound Studio building, tracing its coordinates through sounds and voice recordings. Listeners would have to follow his voice blindly, imagining running their fingers along the white stone walls, as the recorded sound slides on them, embracing the structure of this secret temple.

He investigated the history of the building, he measured it in width and height, counting its stones, observing layers of memories superimposing and coinciding on the walls, reconnecting the strings between different moments in time.

How to be fully present in a space, without understanding it deeply? How to connect with it, immerse in it, without following its historical path, without taking a look at the incertitude of its future?

Sebastián´s narration poses itself as an open invitation for future residents that may be willing to translate it to their own language, adding or subtracting from it according to their experience, transforming it, year after year, into a collective repository of perspectives.

The Sound Studio Residency is supported and curated by Nicolàs Jaar.

Sebastián Jatz Rawicz

Santiago, Chile. 

Composer, translator and bell ringer.

In 2008 he founded arsomnis (www.arsomnis.com) with which he has carried out large scale works such as John Cage’s Musicircus, Reunion and ASLSP, Vexations by Erik Satie and his own One Hundred Extended Geometrical Chords, among many others. He has made numerous sound interventions, both individual and collective, in public and institutional spaces both in Chile and abroad. His work uses diverse and experimental sound sources, intersecting timelessness, disciplines and reflections from literary, philosophical and even religious realms, with an autonomous and critical perspective. Simultaneity, an expanded notion of music over extended times and spaces, collectivity and metaphorical qualities, among others, are permanent axes of his proposal.

As a translator he has published books by Jan Fabre, John Cage, Joseph Kosuth, Celeste Olalquiaga and Kenneth Goldsmith, among several others.

He is a bell ringer and founder of Campaneros de Santiago.


Sebastián Jatz Rawicz

Santiago, Chile.

Compositor, traductor y campanero.

En 2008 funda arsomnis (www.arsomnis.com) con la cual ha realizado proyectos de gran escala como Musicircus, Reunion y ASLSP de John Cage, Vexations de Erik Satie y su propia Cien Acordes Geométricos Extendidos, entre muchas más. Ha realizado numerosas intervenciones sonoras, tanto individuales como colectivas, en espacios públicos e institucionales, tanto en Chile como en el extranjero. Su obra utiliza diversas fuentes sonoras experimentales, intersectando atemporalidades, disciplinas y reflexiones provenientes de ámbitos literarios, filosóficos e incluso religiosos, con una perspectiva crítica y autónoma. La simultaneidad, una noción expandida de la música en espacios y tiempos extendidos, lo colectivo y lo metafórico, son ejes constantes en su propuesta.

Como traductor ha publicado libros de Jan fabre, John Cage, Joseph Kosuth, Celeste Olalquiaga y Kenneth Goldsmith, entre varios más.

Es campanero y miembro fundador de Campaneros de Santiago.

Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research
Al Khalil Road,Bethlehem, West Bank

T: +970 2 274 3257

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