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Esteban Agosin

Graduate Student

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FabLab (McMahon Hall)
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Mon to Fri 3:00 to 7:00 p.m


B.A., Music, University of Valparaiso, 2007
M.A Aesthetics of Electronic Arts, University of Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, 2011

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.

Artistic Statement

My main interest is the research and development of artistic and experimental practices about the relationship between sound environment and the perspectives that technology provides to understand our sound world.

My practice is regarding the relationship between nature and machine, and how technologies act as a system where this intersection and interdepence generate new possible, imaginaries and speculative worlds that create new scenarios, symbols, and realities.

One of my main topics has been to reach out sound layers where human biology is not capable of listening, sounds that are part of our nature, and also  other creatures, or signals created by humans but traveling encrypted as “noises”. In this sense, in my research I try to put a value on what else is further of our near environment and perception, what other inaudible phenomena we can get, and how art can speculate on the creation of fictional landscapes, opening up the possibility to create a sound ecosystem where nature, machines, and sounds integrate as an imaginary territory.

Currently, my last projects are related to the uses of A.I and its relations with art. And how both systems can dialogue with each other in order to open aesthetic and political discussions. Specifically, my interest is in questions about where the holes, cracks, and gaps of the machinic system are, standing on a hacking and political position as an aesthetic strategy that allow us to re-appropriate, re-imagine and re-define the purposes and behaviors of the A.I systems.

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Courses Taught

Additional Courses

- 2022 TA DXARTS 490, E-textiles & Wearables for Art & Design

- 2022 TA DXARTS 472, Mechatronic art, Design, and Fabrication

- 2022 TA DXARTS 471, Mechatronic art, Design, and Fabrication

- 2019  Sound Territories, Creative Campus, University Andres Bello, Chile

- 2018 Sound Ethnography, School of Music, Valparaíso University, Chile 

- 2011/2018 Digital Sound and Electronic Devices, School of Music, Valparaíso University, Chile

- 2013/2014  Contemporary Art and Culture, School of Art, Universidad Mayor, Chile 

- 2013/2014 Sound Art, Master of Music Composition, Pontificial Catholic University of Valparaíso

- 2010 Teaching Assistant / Sound Art, Postgrad in Arts, University of Arts, Argentina

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