60 Minute Cities- Mexico City
60 Minute Cities- Mexico City
[Purchase includes all audio tracks in Mp3 format and PDF with track descriptions.]
Audio Track Listing:
1- Street Sellers In The Historic Center (6:00) / 2- Mariachis At Garibaldi Square (6:00) / 3- Rainy Season (6:00) / 4- Confrontation With The Police (6:00) / 5- Demonstration In Front Of The Senate (6:00) / 6- In Front Of San Judas Tadeo Church A 28th (6:00) / 7- Street Musician (6:00) / 8- Policemen Summer Camp (6:00) / 9- Lucha Libre (6:00) / 10- Train Passing By In Lecheria (6:00)
I first arrived in Mexico in 2009 to work with the visual-artist Francis Alys / I just met him a few months ago on a shoot in Morocco and Spain / I was living at his workshop; a small flat on the top of the house with a big balcony / It was in the historic center of Mexico City, behind the Zocalo (main square), right behind the tourist areas / It's the quietest part of the city at night and is extremely 'soundy' (noisy for others) during the day / Street sellers are the main sound sources of the polyphony / After that, I first traveled a few times a year to Mexico, principally to work with Francis, but also just to be there- to live in the city or travel in the country / I moved my 'base' there at the end of 2012. I’m still living in the center, but in another area and am still trying to discover new places and new sounds in this huge city //
About the Artist:
Félix Blume (Narbonne, France, 1984) is a sound artist and sound engineer. He currently works and lives between Mexico, France and Belgium.
His personal work is based on field-recordings using sound as a basic material, in sound pieces, videos, actions and installations. He works with communities in the public space. In his pieces, he blurs the line between sounds and music by changing noise in sounds that eventually sheds a new light on the perception of the surrounding sounds. The particularity of his work is that the audio and visual aspects are closely intertwined. As a sound collector, he has a large sound library recorded from different parts of the world that he freely shares on the Internet.
He has participated in exhibitions in Spain (LOOP Festival, CCCB), Mexico (Ex-Teresa, Fonoteca Nacional, Casa de Francia, Quinto Piso), Chile (CENTEX, Festival Tsonami), France (Instants Chavirés) , Germany (Labor 19) and Belgium (Festival Monophonic). His sound pieces were broadcasted in galleries and radios from all over the world: Arte Radio (FR), Kunst Radio (AT), Deutschland Radio Kultur (DE), Radio Nacional de España (ES), Phaune Radio (FR), ABC Radio (AU), Radio Panik (BE), Radio Grenouille (FR) among others, as well as in different spaces such as Centre Pompidou and Musée d’Orsay. His work Los Gritos de México was granted the “Pierre Schaeffer” prize in the French festival Phonurgia (Paris) and an honorific mention in the Bienal de Radio in Mexico City.
His work as sound engineer focus on sound recording and sound design for documentaries, feature films and video art, collaborating with different directors and visual artists as Francis Alÿs among others. He graduated from INSAS Film School in Belgium and an Audiovisual Technician Brevet in France. He also gave workshops in France, Mexico, Italy and Belgium.