Entre Ríos’ New Installation at MALBA Explores Sensibility Amidst Digital Chaos

There will be three live interventions on Friday night before the artwork dissipates.

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Entre Rios Installation at MALBA
Image credit: Gentileza Malba/Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires.

After breaking ties with the classic format of contemporary rock gigs, the Argentine electro-pop group Entre Ríos is now exploring avant-garde digital languages to delve into the band’s artistic concerns for the fast-paced evolution of human communications in an increasingly digital world.

As many creators who cannot adhere themselves to one single language, Entre Ríos’ founder Sebastián Carreras —who describes himself as an “outsider”— feels the contemporary rock industry has seized most bands whose deliberate intentions are different than entertaining the masses. Therefore, he is now working alongside visual artist Lucas DM on audiovisual installations that merge plastic arts, programming and lyrics that work as scripts.

Entre Rios Installation at MALBA
Entre Ríos members Javier Medialdea (R), Loló Gasparini (M) and Sebastián Carreras (L). Image credit: Gentileza Malba/Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires.

The duo’s latest project “SIN” introduces spectators into a 160-square-meter dark room that recreates virtual spaces using image mapping projection technology over 80 different pillars, allowing witnesses to guide their own trajectories through the installation, while they are bombarded with various sound stimuli that ripple through a quadraphonic system.

After a few minutes inside the box, visitors are no longer spectators but creators themselves, when the perception of the artwork starts mutating according to each one’s adaptability and personal hearing abilities, which are constantly tricked by the four speakers placed on each corner.

Digital brushstrokes of light displayed at the pillars resemble impressionist paintings. This time, the canvas is not a permanent space to safeguard the group’s “impressions” of a Spring sunset at the Costanera, but an interactive surface where chunks of digital audio are translated into asymmetrical lines evocating binary codes, the basic data units that can give birth to both a song or a photograph.

Hours before the official inauguration of SIN on Thursday, Carreras and Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires representative Soledad Campos received The Bubble at the installation’s soundcheck for an interview.

“We don’t want to be dystopian. Our installations are based on the idea that even when we live in a world full of gadgets and technological artifacts we still tillcan search for new relationships and emotions,” Carreras told The Bubble.

SIN’s ephemeral nature mimics new self-destructing communications

Considering that modern communications are a leitmotif at Entre Ríos’ latest projects, SIN might be trying to mock the new era of non-permanent and self-destructing messages and videos that are the new favorite language of the so-called selfie generation, after disappearing from Plaza Perú in less than 48 hours.  

Even after the group has devoted countless hours to their new project, the installation will merely be open for eight hours on Friday, September 22, since 12:00, as part of MALBA’s 16-year-old party. Don’t miss out the opportunity to explore this new multisensory experience alongside Entre Ríos’ members Loló Gasparini, Javier Medialdea and Sebastián Carreras, who will make three live interventions at SIN from 19:00 to 21:00.

Entre Rios
Image credit: @museomalba.

If you are planning to organize a pre-party before going with your friends to Entre Ríos’ next gig, here is a Spotify Playlist that includes all the tracks the group has presented at its latest installations.

| Friday | 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 | Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires | (Av. Pres. Figueroa Alcorta 3415) | Free | More info