Le cant des Sirens


Edgardo Rudnitzky was born in Buenos Aires in 1965. He is a composer, a sound artist and a percussionist. He has been involved in theatre as sound designer for theatrical settings, contemporary dance and also for films. Among his various collaborations with artists, we would like to point the one with the Argentinian artist Jorge Macchi out.

As Macchi recently told us, they first met on stage – it was the late ‘90s – and Edgardo gave him that sense of collaboration, typical in theatrical production, that was completely out of his mind at that time. Ever since they have been worked together and always kept the visual and the sound components of a work being complementary and at the same level: just to mention some of their collaborations, in 2004 they worked on an unconventional Buenos Aires tourist guide, in 2005 they were commissioned to represent Argentina at the Venice Biennale, in 2008 they were invited to work in New Orleans for Prospect 1

Le cant des Sirens is a site specific sound installation Rudnitzky produced in 2007 on the occasion of the 3rd Bienal de Jafre.

Jafre is a very small and lovely town in Catalunya (Spain) near Figueras and Girona. Rudnitzky spent some time in Jafre, working on the tradition of lullabies that grandmothers and mothers used to sing to their babies. Once there Rudnitzky started recording women singing chants and lullabies on the streets, in the shops... Among them, La Iuna, la Pruna was the most popular traditional song for kids. He conceive a 5.1 sound loop out of it and the loudspeakers were placed inside naturale holes in the side wall of a church, just facing the former cemetery of Jafre. 

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