“ 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, 2018)
Gil Delindro(1989) is a unique presence among a new generation of Sound and Media Arts. He has distinguished himself by the research on organic elements, ephemeral events and intangible processes in Nature. His trans-disciplinary practice is based upon film, installation, sound performance and site specific/field research, facing themes such as bioacoustics, animism, ephemerality and geology.
Delindro´s pieces directly translate stages of organic matter such as soil, water, wood and detritus in to expanded sonic spatial works, through a visceral approach of confrontation vs intimacy, whole vs detail. His time-based installations oppose biological structures with technological components, often creating autonomous systems that exist in a fragile transient space. Without forcing any direct political messages, Delindro´s work covers the contemporary struggle between humans and their rapidly changing environment, by interrogating in each ways the human perception of “Natural” can be challenged.
A great part of his work is dedicated to extensive field research in limit geographies - from the 3 month residency in African Saharan Desert “The Weight of Mountains 2015” to the Rainforests of Brazil “Resiliência 2017” - and recently the Minority Villages of Vietnam “Blind Signal 2019” , actively exploring links between field recording, anthropology, ecology and art practice. In 2016 he was selected by SHAPE as one of the most innovative sound artists working in Europe, being commissioned by reference festivals such as MusikProtokoll (Austria), Novas Frequências (Brazil), CynetArt (Dresden) Athens Digital Arts Fest(Athens), ARS Eletronica(Linz), Submerge festiva(Bristol), Semibreve(Braga), among others.
His work has been supported and awarded by institutions like ENCAC(European network for audiovisual Creation), EDIGMA(Semibreve award), Gulbenkian Foundation(Portugal), EMARE(European Media Arts), the Berlin Senate for Kultur and Europa(DE) as well as positively reviewed by ORF1(Austria), Musikworks (CA) , SHAPE platform(EU), NEURAL" printed magazine"(IT) , "The Quietus”(UK). In 2018 he was interviewed as one of the most prolific young artists working within the crossfield of arts, science and biodesign by Japanese magazine "Boundbaw". He was a guest Artist for the BADaward 2017, "Biological Clocks of the Universe" at MU Art Center, Netherlands, being finalist for the 2018 edition of the prize. Recent solo exhibitions include “A grain within this cloud of Dust” Institutional Show in Berlin, and “ A perennial earth” solo show in Vietnam, Goethe Institute Hanoi. He has collaborated with labels such as Tzadik (NY), Audition Records(Berlin), Sonóscopia(Porto) and 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 - 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..."
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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