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Transmission Ecologies Movement Athens featuring the work of Esteban Agosin 

Submitted by Ewa Trebacz on November 14, 2022 - 10:25am
Transmission Ecologies, with Esteban Agosin
Transmission Ecologies, with Esteban Agosin

Tuesday 15 November at 22:00 EET//12:00 PT

Don't miss the latest episode of Transmission Ecologies Movement Athens featuring the work of DXARTS Ph.D. student Esteban Agosin. 


Esteban Agosin is a sound and electronic media artist originally from Valparaiso, Chile. He is currently based in Seattle, pursuing his PhD in Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington. His work engages with the question of how technology could provide a perspective to observe and understand our natural, social and political environment. And also, inquiring on the aesthetic possibilities of using art and technology in order to re-imagine and speculate about our environment. His work involves sound and media installations, robotic objects, and media performance, and it has been presented in art festivals and solo exhibitions in Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the United States, Spain, Finland, and France. Furthermore, Esteban has worked as an educator at different universities in Chile, Argentina, and the United States, teaching and investigating the intersection of sound, media, and technology.

In the show he's presenting Imaginary Radio, a compilation of improvisations using a handcrafted loop antenna, software-defined radio and Machine Listening. Through AI, specifically, sound recognition, this system creates newly imagined soundscapes based on what the machine hears and interprets from the environment, generating new territorialities based on a specific location and its sounds. The system relocates and recategorizes the information of the real-time environment, and plays sounds from other territories and ontologies, creating a speculative and imagined landscape. Questioning the conflict of local and global, unities and the interrelationship systems, and also the territories in counterpoint with landscapes created by machines, machines that are systems based on bias, therefore machines that produce failures and mistakes.

Curated by Afroditi Psarra, Transmission Ecologies explores the turbulent world of radio signals which propagate around us. Every month a guest sound artist broadcasts their radio experiments using EMFs, interference patterns from devices, HAM, RF field recordings, satellite signals, space astronomy research etc. to formulate their interpretations, compositions, and translations of the invisible and unheard layer of telecommunication technologies.