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2020
trash poems, La Granja Editorial, Madrid, Spain
Afluentes, Proyecto Genoma Poético, LetraLAB, Madrid, Spain
Sileto, Trépano #2, Ojos de Sol Editorial, Madrid, Spain

2019
“Haiku” Trépano #1, Ojos de Sol Editorial, Madrid, Spain
“Sherwin” Guacamayo #7, Ojos de Sol Editorial, Madrid, Spain
“Dear Marcel” THE EYE Vol. 10 Issue 1, San Francisco, CA, USA
“Una calle madrileña” THE EYE, Vol. 10, Issue 1, San Francisco, CA, USA
“Frito Lay” Food and losers, food &, Berlin, Germany
Guacamayo #5, Ojos de Sol Editorial, Madrid, Spain

2018
“Boom!” Food and nuclear war, food &, Berlin, Germany

 

EDITOR

2020
THE EYE, Vol 10, Issue 2, San Francisco, CA.  ︎
2019
THE EYE, Vol 10, Issue  1, San Francisco, CA.
2018-2017
Caja 8, 8柜, Beijing, China.


MA Thesis in History and Theory of Contemporary Art
San Francisco Art Institute, 2020
Outstanding Thesis Award, San Francisco Art Institute, 2020

Listening to the Inframince—An Artistic Sensibility to Listen to the Liminal Crossings of Sound

Abstract

Sounds are immersed in place, and place is an everlasting project. Listening connects the thread between being and place. In this thesis, I propose listening to the possibilities of sound and place— a phenomenological examination of the sonic possibilities around us. Our everyday sounds shape our identities. As inhabitants of a place, we have agency to mediate sonic relationships with others through our sonic interconnectedness.

San Francisco is a place that promotes hygienic soundscapes or noisescapes—spaces that do not foster listeners, but silencers. An impossible silence which fulfills the individualism that permeates the city. Instead of spiraling down an impossible silence, I suggest efforts to listen to the unheard, and in doing so, to understand and analyze what constitutes silence.

Following Pauline Oliveros’s philosophy of Deep Listening, I embody and narrate my listening experiences, suggesting my own subjective sensibility to the sounds around me. My listening scores aim to heighten an awareness of place and an engagement with others through sound. I focus on the sonic inframince and the sounds embedded in silence—sounds passing, ephemeral encounters of sound. An engagement with the space and with others by listening to our in-between-ness.


The work is an open invitation to inclusive ways of listening in order to reimagine acknowledged semantical meanings associated to sounds, and to enlarge the elasticity of thought when approaching everyday sounds. Ultimately, this work seeks the uncertainty of not needing an absolute semantic category attached to the sounds we are listening to, and an effort to listen to the multiple possibilities of sound.

Within this work, I present a score to listen to the in-between of sound, which I define as listening to the sounds between moments of tuning out of and tuning in to something we experience as moments of silence, yet it is still sounding. The thesis is a combination of theory and practice, in which I immersed myself in the San Francisco sonic landscape to explore what the in-between of sound hides—beyond silence. Following Pauline Oliveros’s philosophy of Deep Listening, I embody and narrate my listening experiences, suggesting my own subjective sensibility to the sounds around me. The listening scores aim to heighten an awareness of place and an engagement with others through sound. In an effort to connect with realities beyond ourselves, I focus on sounds passing, ephemeral encounters of sound, to seek an engagement with the space and with others by listening to our in-between-ness. With it, I suggest efforts to listen to the unheard, and in doing so, to understand and analyze what constitutes silence.


MA Symposium ︎ (5:59-56:23)


Listening to the Inframince Reiteration No. 1


Listening to the Inframince Reiteration No. 2


Listening to the Inframince Reiteration No. 3


CURATOR 

2021 
Nahum B. Zenil, Nombrar al Silencio, The Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA.

2020 
Recovecos III—Works by Tamara Khasanova, Jeff Maylath, Lexygius Sanchez Calip, Miles Stemp, Christian Tan, Zhang Mengjiao, Samuel de Lemos," Paul Sack Gallery, Fort Mason Center for the Arts and Culture, San Francisco, CA, USA.

2019 
Recovecos  II— Works by Jeff Maylath, Lexygius Sanchez Calip, Liu Sang Chi, Miles Stemp, Shao Yan, Samuel de Lemos,” Paul Sack Gallery, Fort Mason Center for the Arts and Culture, San Francisco, CA, USA.
Recovecos I—
Works by Lisa Croner, Giuliana Funkhouser, Svetlana Gayshan, Jeff Maylath, Lexygius Sanchez Calip, Samuel de Lemos,” Paul Sack Gallery, Fort Mason Center for the Arts and Culture, San Francisco, CA. USA.


GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021
{i laugh at your promise of happiness}, SVA, New York, NY Communal Passages, SFAI Artists Alumni (SFAA), online

2020
Tunnels of the Mind, ZAZ Corner presented by ZAZ 10 Times Square (ZAZ10TS), Times Square Billboard, NYC, USA.
Photography Without Camera—Machine Gaze, Schafer Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Poetry as Critical Form, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2019
Recovecos I, Paul Sack Wall, SFAI Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, USA
Mistranslation, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Recovecos II, Paul Sack Wall, SFAI Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA, USA
Going back to an Old Inquiry: Language and Art, Schafer Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Open Book Show #6, Arion Press, San Francisco, CA, USA


CURATORIAL PROJECTS (SELECTION)

2016
Contemporary Chinese Ink, Xian Space, Beijing, China
Zeng Fanzhi, “遊YOU Art Project,” Film screening at Art Basel Hong Kong, 2016.
2015
Zeng Fanzhi, “遊YOU Art Project,” First large-scale video art installation by contemporary Chinese painter Zeng Fanzhi. Berlin-Beijing, Germany-China.
I am Because of you《吾之所在,皆因汝存》Marina Abramovic, Tomas Saraceno, Katharina Fritsch, Kaneuji Teppei, Michael Armitage, Cheng Ran, Guan Xiao, Qu Xiaofei, Song Yige, Sun Xun, Marc Quinn, YUAN Space, Beijing, China
2015
Cheng Ran, Orange Blue – In the Process of a Film《橙蓝̶进程中的电影》YUAN Space, Beijing, China
2014
YUAN Museum Preparatory Committee Archive Exhibition 元美术馆筹建档案展, YUAN Space, Beijing, China
Dancing with Virtuoso《与大师同行̶所见及所思》 YUAN Space, Beijing, China
Manuel Valencia, The Skin of the Sea《海相》展览开幕, Manuel Valencia, YUAN Space, Beijing, China
2013
Yu Youhan, Yiban, 余友涵 一斑, YUAN Space, Beijing, China
Pierre Coulibeuf, Enigma 谜, YUAN Space, Beijing, China

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