Joaquin Cofreces sent a message

Joaquin Cofreces (Bild: Deutschlandradio - Bettina Straub) Joaquin Cofreces

Two Works from the sound artist Joaquin Cofreces were broadcasted last week at Deutschland Radio Kultur. The radio art composition Hamoni Lapude anan (we use to make canoes in yaghan language) and the feature Kanus hinterlassen keine Spuren (Canoes don’t leave trace ) Even that they are different pieces they work as a continuity of an acoustic historical exploration about a culture that today has only one elderly speaker. The yaghans were the southernmost tribe of the world, they were nomads of the sea and left few trace. They lived in a labyrinth of islands at the region known as Tierra del Fuego. This distant land was always mysterious for travellers and big amount of extreme stories were written about the encounter between two opposite cultures in a world that grew over another.
About the Works (Brief description):

Hamoni Lapude anan (we used to make canoes in yaghan language) is an investigation about the acoustic transformation at the south of Tierra del Fuego from the yaghans and their natural way of living until todays Ushuaia. The story (and history?) is not lineal, it’s in cycles like a continuous music where there is no after and before. A radio art piece made with a big diversity of field recordings, intimate textures of nature mixed with the noise of the city through vibrations. It was broadcasted for the first time in September 2010.
Kanus hinterlassen keine Spuren (Canoes don’t leave trace) It’s a feature about the traces left from yaghan culture in music ( including recordings made in wax cylinders 100 years ago and the chants of the last 3 speakers) photography (the hunter of shades) language (a 32000 words dictionary with no grammatical study and the most succinct word listed in the Guiness world book of records) in land ( archaeologists and the pH of shells) in the blood ( descendants) . Considering the canoe as a symbol of their society, of their nomadic way of living and a metaphor of a cultural extinction in sedentary life.
For the production 15 hours of interviews were made in 4 different countries (Argentina, Chile, Germany and England) using a particular way of producing at the distance and including 5 languages (one in extinction).
It was presented at the XXXXX of Berlin last 27 of February and will be broadcasted again the day 28.03 2011 at Deutschland radio Kultur…

A previous version of these projects “The last voice” (link to listen :… )was awarded with the Phonurgia Nova award (France 2009) and was broadcasted by France Culture. Also was presented at Musee Reattu (Arles France), IRCAM Pompidou (week of sound . Paris), at the Festival Prix Marulic of Croatia, Nini Marshall theatre of Ushuaia.

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