“ 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)
Gil Delindro is a Sound & Media artist with international recognition for its environmental site-specific research, namely on worldwide challenging landscapes, isolated communities, and extreme geological and weather patterns. Some of these include the Sahara Desert (TWOM, 2015), Rainforests of Brazil (Resiliência, 2017), Siberia, Russia (Permafrost, 2018), Vietnam ethnic villages (Blind Signal, 2019), the Rhone Glacier (La Becque, 2019), and the Aurvergne Volcanoes (ArtistesenResidence, 2021).
Delindro’s pieces directly translate ephemeral stages in organic matter such as soil, water, wood, and geological debris into expanded sonic spatial works. These Sculptures actively use the unpredictable effects of time, weather, erosion, and outdoor atmospheric conditions, opposing them to acoustic-manufactured tools. Installations that have their own autonomy, living from the constant clash between “man-made” and “biological structures”.
Without forcing any direct political messages, Delindro’s work dwells on the contemporary struggle between humans and their rapidly changing environment, by interrogating in each ways the human perception of “Nature” can be challenged. A research-based practice that expands on the links between ecology, geology, anthropology, and acoustics.
His work has been exhibited in Europe, North and South America, and Asia, with awards / support by institutions such as VARC (Visual Arts for Rural Communities, UK), ENCAC (European Network for Comtemporary Av Creation), EMARE (European Media Art), EDIGMA Semibreve (media art award, PT), Gulbenkian Foundation (PT), Berlin Senate for Kultur(DE), Goethe Institute(DE), STEIM foundation(NL), Francoise Meier Foundation (La Becque, CH), EOFA (Embassy of Foreign Artists, CH), Rivoli (Porto Municipal Theater, PT), DGartes (Portuguese Ministry for Culture, PT), among others.
In 2016 he was selected by SHAPE platform, being commissioned by reference festivals such as MusikProtokoll (AU), Novas Frequências (BR), CynetArt (DE) Athens Digital Arts Fest(GR), ARS Eletronica(AU), Submerge festival(UK), Semibreve(PT), Lisboa Soa(PT). Being positively reviewed in the press by Berlin Art Link(DE), ORF1(AU), Musikworks (CA), NEURAL magazine (IT), The Quietus (UK), BoundBaw Science and Biodesign (JP).
Reference exhibitions include: " Permafrost " LAboral, Gijon; "BADaward - Biological Clocks of the Universe” - MU Art Center, Netherlands; “A grain within this cloud of Dust” - Gallery im Turm, Berlin; “ A perennial earth” - Goethe Institute Vietnam; "Harbour" - Living Art Lab, Amsterdam; "To bough and to bend" Bridge Projects, Los Angeles; "Fictional Forest" Triennal de Arquitectura, Lisboa.
He is the co-founder of "Rural Vivo", a cross-disciplinary association dedicated to ecological, educational, and cultural activities in the UNESCO Gerês Reserve (North Portugal), whose main objective is to fight the loss of cultural opportunities in the Nordic rural villages, and innovatie on the ecological preservation of the region.
Among others he has collaborated with labels such as "Tzadik" NY, "Sonoscopia" Porto, "Ausland" Berlin.
Selected Awards & Grants:
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."
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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