Pablo Sanz is an artist, composer, recordist and researcher currently based in Belfast and Madrid. He makes site-determined projects, multichannel installations, immersive live performances, releases, and pieces for headphone listening. Through a continuum of approaches, his environmental sound works explore the vibrant entanglements of bodies, creatures, energies, materials, technologies, and spaces. Pablo´s practice focuses on the thresholds and limits of human perception and attention, encouraging sensory (ecological) awareness, and a phenomenal (experiential) engagement with the world. Listening becomes a political act, intended to resist dominant tendencies in contemporary societies, cultivating alternative forms of being and thinking.
Pablo´s works have been experienced in exhibitions and performances in the UK (Cafe Oto, EARSHOTS!, Goldsmiths, Soundfjord, Acoustic Ecology Symposium Kent, Sonorities Festival, PS² Gallery), Spain (CentroCentro, Fundación Juan March, La Casa Encendida, Matadero Contemporary Art Center, Tabacalera, In-Sonora, Sonikas Festival, Sala de Arte Joven de Madrid, National Auditorium), The Netherlands (STEIM, B93, (h)ear, Rhizomatic, Loos), Austria (VELAK), Belgium (Q-O2, HS63), Czechia (Gallery Školská 28, Ostrava Days, PRAHA), France (Apo33), Germany (Künstlerhaus Dortmund, ZKM Karlsruhe), Hungary (Auróra), Italy (Helicotrema), Poland (MWW Museum, Urban Observatory), Portugal (Sonoscopia, Invisible Places), Slovenia (Kinošiška, Beli Šum), Brasil (FILE: Electronic Language Festival), USA (Brooklyn Acoustic Ecology Festival), and Australia (Sonic Environments Brisbane), among others.
Pablo has participated in several artist residencies including ARE Holland (Enschede), CONA Institute for Contemporary Arts Processing (Ljubljana), INLAND Campo Adentro: Art, Agriculture & Territory (Barcelona), Matadero Contemporary Art Center (Madrid), Nau Côclea (Girona), Q-O2 (Brussels), Mamirauá Institute (Amazonas, Brazil), LASom Laboratory for Sonic Arts and Acoustics (Campinas, São Paulo), Sonoscopia (Porto), and VICC Visby International Centre for Composers (Gotland, Sweden), among others. He has produced commissioned radio works for Radio Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid, FON Air in Cumbria, and the Atelier de Création Sonore Radiophonique in Brussels, and has released pieces in collaboration with Framework Editions (EE), Gruenrekorder (DE), Sonic Terrain (COL), Vacuamoenia (IT), and Very Quiet Records (UK), among other platforms. Awards and mentions include Süden Radio (2017, Radio Papesse, Italy), Europe: A Sound Panorama (2011, Goethe Institute, Deutschlandradio Kultur, ZKM Karlsruhe), and the 5th On Air Radiophonic Art Prize (2009, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid).
Pablo has given talks and facilitated workshops in Brazil, Czechia, Spain, The Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. In 2004 he was a founding member of Mediateletipos.net, an independent initiative devoted to the dissemination of aural culture, experimental music, and sonic arts through which he also worked in curatorial projects for Sónar Festival in Barcelona and Sensxperiment in Córdoba. He graduated at the University of the Arts of The Hague, attending courses at the Institute of Sonology and the ArtScience Interfaculty, and completed a PhD in Music and Sound Art (‘Environmental Composition Approaches’) at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen ́s University Belfast (QUB).