Dolmen is an installation by Mexican sound artist Mario de Vega, known – or maybe even notorious – for his confrontational works, which, for instance, use infrasound or extremely high voltages. Dolmen is an intervention that explores the boundaries of human perception as well as the social, political and physical impact of telecommunications technology. It makes the public physically aware of the presence of wireless signals in space – the radio signals that are the carrier waves of our digital communications. The work evolved from interests in radio signals and in the possible negative influence of electromagnetic pollution on humans.
Mario de Vega, Dolmen. Photo Ed Jansen
Mario de Vega, Dolmen. Photo by Pieter Kers
Mario de Vega, Dolmen. Photo by Ed Jansen
Installing Dolmen, Mario de Vega. Photo by Pieter Kers
Commissioned by Sonic Acts and Donaufestival.
Mario de Vega
(MX) is a sound artist best known for his site-specific interventions, sculptures and sound improvisations. In the context of music, his practice explores the value of fragility and indetermination. De Vega also explores the perceptive capacities and incapacities of humans, such as the limits of aural perception and the transposition of high and low frequencies into audible sounds. In his work, de Vega leaves space for the unknown, the uncanny, the unseen, the unheard and the unpredictable. De Vega lives and works in Berlin and Mexico City.
Mario de Vega – artist / concept
Victor Mazón Gardoqui – electronics
Barney Broomer – network & antenna technology
Dominik Hildebrand Marques Lopes – programming
Lukas Grundmann – assistance
Commissioned by Sonic Acts & Donaufestival
26 February 2015 – 12 March 2015
Sonic Acts festival 2015
Entry hall of the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Amsterdam