Gil Delindro(1989) is a unique presence among a new generation of Sound and Media Arts. He has distinguished himself by the use and research of organic elements, ephemeral events and intangible processes in Nature. His cross-border practice is based upon film, installation, sound performance and site specific/field research, facing themes such as time, animism, decay and geology.
Delindro´s performances directly translate organic matter such as water, stones and several detritus in to sonic landscapes, by using a visceral approach that enhances the performative gestures of confrontation and intimacy. Sound is the binding element of his work, it symbolizes the immaterial nature of matter, a continuous collapse of the present with no fixed body - such metaphor is a core question to his research, how do we perceive intangible movements in nature. Delindro´s ephemeral installations are based upon transfigurations of matter, using time measurements and amplification processes they become independent beings with life expectancy that exist in a transient state of mutation. Although extremely simple and sensory, they serve as well an imaginary world of poetic and immersive metaphors - the human condition as echoes of the natural world.
Delindro has dedicated a great part of his work in to field research in remote and 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 landscape, isolation, anthropology and lost geographies all around the world. His work has been showed in more then 40 countries worldwide and awarded by foundations such as Gulbenkian and ENCAC. In 2016 he was selected by SHAPE as one of the most innovative sound artists working in Europe and performed in festivals such as MusikProtokoll (Austria), Novas Frequências(Rio Janeiro), Submerge(Bristol) and CynetArt(Dresden), next to names such as Alvin Lucier, Blixa Bargeld, David Toop and Vincent Moon. Among published reviews in Musikworks (CA), The Chop(GER) and Digital in Berlin(GER), the British “Quietus” magazine considered him one of the best performances of the prestigious South American festival "Novas Frequências". He has released and collaborated with Tzadik (NY), Audition Records(Berlin), Sonóscopia(Porto) and Ausland(Berlin).
“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 of technology..."
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. Gil’s bright, inquisitive means of work, make him an excellent asset"
- Luke Nickel, Co-Director of Cluster: New Music and Integrated Arts Festival
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