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noTours at ARTe SONoro (La Casa Encendida, Madrid)

Augmented Aurality
by Escoitar.org

Oh you, the wisest and fairest of the Angels,
God betrayed by destiny and deprived of praise,

Oh Satan, take pity on my long misery!

Oh Prince of Exile, you who have been wronged
And who vanquished always rise up again more strong,

Oh Satan, take pity on my long misery!

Charles Baudelaire

Gardens are enclosed spaces, like scars that do nothing but reminding us of a permanent injury, the primal longing for a moment, the back to an utopian balance. Plots that in different cultures have played ritual roles, as transits, where two worlds intersect, the human and the divine, two sides, as Rilke insists in his Elegies, they take place inparallel, “The eternal current carries two realms of all ages and always takes them and chokes the sound in both. “Marks traced onthe floor, legible as a text, places built for retirement and to fill our senses but which often gives us a way to the picturesque and the sublime, the beautiful to the scary to the awe and ecstasy. Havens where bright lights  and casted shadows that inevitably accompany us, sometimes inhospitable taken by the fog, stirred by the wind and always populated by many small noises.

As in The Garden of Forking Paths by Borges, El Angel is a winding maze of temporary sounds accentuated by the events that surround us,”an incomplete picture, a story made of stories, an immersive story built with words and sounds composed from the territory and a drift between paragraphs of different authors and references to many gardens behind which lurks just one. It is a real but imaginary wanderproduced as an organic narrative that gives us the common misperception of space, a walk accompanied by one that relies on constant tension on the circular pedestal of the Buen Retiro Garden and now wanders with us between streets, banks and lakes.

For “El Angel” Escoitar.org has produced the noTours application, which formats will make this audio guide stroll through geolocated gardens (using GPS technology and Digital Compass + and production of binaural 3D audio). Pure sensory experience pleasure. Looking for El Angel.

Some moments of the production period of  “El Ángel” – a collective exhibition at  ARTe SONoro, Casa Encendida, April 2010.

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