“ Through his use of sound and musicality, Gil Delindro extends an invitation to practice a countercultural form of perception that moves beyond great world events and their far-reaching consequences. This form of perception seeks out the political by fostering a sensibility for the reality of vibrant matter, and a respect for a world in which all forms of materiality appear to be animate. “ (Lena Reisner, 2018)
Gil Delindro(1989) is a unique presence among a new generation of Sound and Media Arts. He has distinguished himself by the research on organic elements, ephemeral events and intangible processes in Nature. His trans-disciplinary practice is based upon film, installation, sound performance and site specific/field research, facing themes such as bioacoustics, animism, decay, ephemerality and geology.
Delindro´s pieces directly translate stages of organic matter such as soil, water, wood and detritus in to expanded sonic spatial works, through a visceral approach of confrontation vs intimacy, whole vs detail. Sound is the binding element of all his work as a metaphor for time and the intangible nature of all matter. His ephemeral installations are based upon irreproducible transfigurations, using amplification processes this pieces become independent beings that exist in a constant transient space. Although simple and sensory, they serve as well an imaginary state of metaphors on the human condition as echoes of the natural world.
A great part of his work is dedicated to extensive field research in isolated areas - from the 3 month residency in African Saharan Desert “The Weight of Mountains 2015” to the Rainforests of Brazil “Resiliência 2017” - he has researched on the limits of field recording, anthropology and lost geographies around the world. His work has been presented extensively worldwide, in 2016 he was selected by SHAPE as one of most innovative sound artists working in Europe, being commissioned by reference festivals such as MusikProtokoll (Austria), Novas Frequências (Brazil), CynetArt (Dresden) Athens Digital Arts Fest(Athens), ARS Eletronica(Linz) , Semibreve(Braga), among others.
His work has been supported and awarded by institutions like ENCAC(European network for audiovisual Creation), EDIGMA(Semibreve award), Gulbenkian Foundation(Portugal) the Berlin Senate for Kultur and Europa(DE) as well as positively reviewed by ORF1(Austria), Musikworks (CA) , SHAPE platform(EU), NEURAL" printed magazine"(IT) , "The Quietus”(UK). In 2018 he was interviewed as one of the most prolific young artists working within the crossfield of arts, science and biodesign by Japanese magazine Boundbaw. He was a guest Artist for the BADaward 2017, "Biological Clocks of the Universe" at MU Art Center, Netherlands, being finalist for the 2018 edition of the prize. Currently he concluded a Institutional solo Show in Berlin at Gallery im Turm and will soon take part in new residencies and shows in East Asia and Switzerland.
Selected Residencies and Awards:
- Blind Signal - Residency Grant - Goethe Institute - Vietnam 2019
- La Becque - Residency Grant - Switzerland 2019
- BIO ART & Design Award 2017 - Guest Artist
- Calouste Gulbenkian Grant for International Artistic production 2018
- BERLIN Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa Fund 2018
- EOFA - Embassy for Foreign Artists - Geneva, Switzerland 2017
- EDIGMA Semibreve award - Braga, Portugal 2017
- ARS Electronica - Commission - Linz, Austria, 2017
- ENCAC - Production award - LABORAL centro de arte comtemporanea, Gijon, Spain 2017
- Ford Foundation “Resiliência” - Residency/grant - Itatiaia National Reserve, Brazil. 2017
- Meet Factory - Residency/ Grant - Prague, Czech Republic, 2017
- SHAPE - Selected artist for European Platform of advanced sound and media art 2016
- “The Weight of Mountains” - Residency, African Sahara Desert, Algeria/Marroco 2015
- Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Visual Arts Prize (2015)
- OSTRALE 15 - Production Grant - Dresden, Germany 2015
- ADAF - Grant/Residency - Athens Digital Arts Fest, Athens, Greece 2014
- Cluster New Media and integrated Arts - Residency/production Grant, Winnipeg, Canada. 2014
full CV by request
" Delindro makes the invisible visible—and audible. With the Algerian-Moroccan desert as his starting point, he extracts the location’s expansive yet sparse and lifeless qualities, bringing them to the Berlin metropolis. Standing in front of the gallery’s entrance, one can already hear sonic moans..."
Sofia Bergmann, Berlin Art Link 2018
“There’s something about this performance from Berlin-based Portuguese artist Gil Delindro that immediately recalls an ominous science experiment (..) It’s fascinating and strangely visceral watching him build up sounds out of natural objects - particularly as the ice simmers and melts to reveal the microphone within it. At one point he lowers his head into the bowl of water and sings in a drone, and the whole thing feels almost like some kind of religious ritual.
Tara Joshi, The quietus 2017
" Delindro performs with both intimacy and brutality, giving the audience the vivid pleasure of attending a risky business. Stunning. "
Yannis Trouinard - The Chop Magazine (Berlin) 2016
" Like the transcendentalists, seeks to understand the human experience through solitary communion with nature(...) everyday sounds into oceanic swells that swept across the room. Delindro has clearly given a lot of thought to his complicated relationship with technology, Amplifies Nature through judicious, thoughtful use..."
Jonathan Bruce on Canadian magazine MUSICWORKS 2014
“ I was astounded not only by the breadth of Gil’s work, spanning numerous mediums, but also at his incredible thematic focus rare for an artist of his young age. Part of Gil’s focus no doubt comes from the large spans of time he regularly spends alone in the wilderness(..) The artist is bound to shape his work in unexpected and exciting ways."
- Luke Nickel, Co-Director of Cluster: New Music and Integrated Arts Festival
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