ISEA 2022


Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona CCCB as part of ISEA 2022 
Monday June 13th 2022
Free admission

Tawa  is the live performance of the eponymous album released in January 2021 by Vienna-based netlabel Smallforms. https://smallforms.bandcamp.com/album/tawa

In the Andean cosmogony, “Tawa” (four in Quechua) symbolizes two opposite balances that complement each other and reach harmony. Dichotomy and contradiction, stillness, and chaos, that in the year that summed up four (2020) knotted acceptance among uncertainty. 

The Andean Khipu is an information processing and transmission technology used since pre-colonial times. This tangible interface is one of the first textile computers known, consisting of a central wool or cotton cord to which other strings are attached with knots of different shapes, colors, and sizes, encrypting different information. The system was widely used until the Spanish colonization, which banned and destroyed many of these devices.

In the performance is played the Electronic_Khipu_an instrument inspired by the traditional Khipus made for the interaction and generation of live experimental sound by weaving knots with conductive rubber cords. Their sounds are embraced with textures reminiscing about the Andes from a prepared charango and immersive rhythms that bring back the present moment.

From a decolonial perspective, Tawa_is an homage to the Andean technologies, continuing the interrupted legacy of this ancestral practice in a different experience of tangible live coding and computer music. The artist takes the place of a contemporary *khipukamayuq* (Khipu knotter), weaving four sound Abstractions that knot the past with the present, creating the balance to face the future.


Estaré en BARCELONA este lunes 13 de junio de 2022 a las 19.30 en el CCCB presentando Tawa_ en vivo como parte de ISEA 2022 Barcelona
Entrada libre!