Colombia Inmarcesible

Colombia Inmarcesible is an immersive, sound installation that aims to create social awareness about the latest socio-political events that happened in the world, particularly in Colombia.









My idea with this installation is to reveal three different types of realities that people in Colombia experience daily, through the recording of binaural soundscapes that represent each one of those scenarios. As users enter the space they see a Colombian flag in the front wall with two headphones per wall that are constantly playing back soundscape compositions for each one of the different scenes: city, countryside, and war. Each wall has an ultrasonic sensor to detect users that are approaching the headphones and control the volume of each individual piece

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Even if the peace agreement was signed, not all the society is willing to accept this agreement and are reluctant about allowing former guerilla members back into civil society. This is mostly the privileged elite that gets socio-economic benefits from war and ironically has never hold a rifle or sent their sons to war. To represent these different perspectives three scenarios will be reconstructed from binaural field-recordings using a custom-made Dummy-Head.

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Each wall represents a different perspective of the experiences that Colombians must go through every day. On one hand, there is the life in the city which alienates most of the people that lives inside them from the rural world which is the biggest part of the country. Very loud sonorous objects contribute to the sound pollution of the city. Next, we have the soundscapes from the rural countryside in which a lot of natural sound objects can be perceived allowing to create a more calm and serene experience.
Finally, there is the war soundscape created by the intersection of synthesized sounds such as machine guns and helicopters, mixed with the same sounds of the countryside but this time just witnessing all the destruction that is occurring in the foreground.