Can the arts help to save the world?

We live in a world that is reaching a critical point, at which the equilibrium between a healthy environ-ment, the energy our society needs to maintain or improve this lifestyle and our interconnected econo-mies could quickly change, from the current complex balance to a completely new reality wherein unbalance would be the rule and human beings would have to become more creative than ever before in order to survive. Have the arts a role in all this? Do artists have a responsibility in this context?

Re-thinking the gap: electroacoustic music in the age of virtual networking

Artistic creation, scientific research and technological innovation represent three different “areas” whose boundaries seemed to be well established in the western culture during the past fewcenturies. Nevertheless, whether because of a real interest, necessity or fashion, these fields have met again and are now associated to continue deepening the cultural changes caused mainly by our use of recently-evolved electronic technologies.

Clase Magistral 2006 UCV

El punto de partida de la conferencia es la idea de la liberación del sonido, planteada porEdgar Varèse para referirse a la nueva estética musical que se impuso a todo lo largo del siglo XX.Con base en esa idea, se cuestiona la práctica de la composición musical en la actualidad, poniendoen tela de juicio la capacidad autocrítica que preconizaba la modernidad, pero también lacomplacencia vacua del postmodernismo.