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Guillermo Galindo - Mexico / USA


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About Guillermo Galindo

The extent of the work of experimental composer, sonic architect, performance artist and visual media artist Guillermo Galindo redefines the conventional limits between music, the art of music composition and the intersections between all art disciplines, politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality and social awareness. Galindo’s artistic practice emerges from the crossroads between sound, sight, and performance, and includes everything from orchestral compositions, instrumental works and opera, to sculpture, visual arts, computer interaction, electro-acoustic music, film making, instrument building, three-dimensional installation and live improvisation.

His acoustic compositions include major chamber and solo works, two symphonies commissioned by the UNAM (Mexico university symphony orchestra), the Oakland Symphony orchestra and choir, and two operas with libretto by Guillermo Gomez Peña and Anne Carson. Galindo's graphic scores and three dimensional sculptural cybertotemic sonic objects have been shown at major museums and art biennials in America, Europe, Asia and around the world including documenta14 (2017), Pacific Standard Time (2017) and CTM Festival (2017). HIs work has been featured on: BBC Outlook (London), Vice Magazine, (London), RTS Switzerland, National Public Radio (U.S.), CBC (Canada), California Sunday Magazine (U.S), Reforma Newspaper (Mexico), CNN and the New York Times.

Border Cantos, an award-winning book published by Aperture Foundation and a traveling exhibit featuring a unique collaboration between Guillermo Galindo and award winning American photographer Richard Misrach featuring Galindo’s sonic devices and musical scores made from detritus left behind by immigrants has been shown at the San Jose Museum of Art (2016), Amon Carter Museum (2016), Crystal Bridges Museum, (2017) and Pace Gallery in New York (2017).

In 2017 Galindo was invited to participate in documenta14, where his work was shown, both in Athens, Greece and in Kassel, Germany. For documenta Galindo continues building sonic devices and graphic scores, this time, from belongings of European refugees. Among other sonic pieces, his series Echo Exodus, he creates the piece Fluchtzieleuropaschiffbruchschallkörper from two wreckage immigrant boats he found in the island of Lesbos, Greece bringing them to Germany, where he turned them into sonic totemic devices. His solo exhibit “Sonic Botany,” an installation commenting on the corporate colonization of the microword, is presently showing at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California as part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time.

Guillermo Galindo was recently commissioned by the Kronos Quartet’ Fifty for the Future program. His interactive string quartet Remote Control will be premiered on April 2018 in San Francisco, California. He has also been invited as a Mohr Visiting Artist resident artist at Stanford University during the Spring 2018.

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