biography

Pablo Sanz is an artist, composer, recordist and researcher currently based in Spain and Northern Ireland. His body of work includes site-specific and public art projects, immersive multichannel installations and live performances in the dark, exhibitions, releases, and pieces for broadcast and headphone listening. His practice is an open-ended investigation of listening, time, space, materiality, non-human vitality and otherness, with a focus on the limits and thresholds of perception and attention. Through a continuum of approaches, his environmental sound works investigate the vibrant entanglements and creativity of human bodies, non-human creatures, energies, materials, spaces, and technologies, encouraging sensory ecological awareness. Listening becomes a political act, intended to resist dominant tendencies in contemporary societies, cultivating alternative forms of being and thinking.

Pablo’s work has been experienced in diverse contexts throughout Europe, with forays in Australia, the US, and South America, in places such as CentroCentro, La Casa Encendida, Fundación Juan March, IN-SONORA, Matadero, National Music Auditorium (Madrid); Cafe Oto (London), PS² Gallery and Sonorities Festival (Belfast), Radiophrenia CCA (Glasgow); STEIM (Amsterdam), B93 (Enschede); Künstlerhaus (Dortmund); ZKM Center for Art and Media (Karlsruhe), Gallery Školská 28 (Prague), PRAHA (Brno), VELAK (Vienna), Kino Šiška (Ljubljana), MWW Contemporary Museum (Wroclaw); ACMC Sonic Environments (Brisbane); Brooklyn Acoustic Ecology Festival (NYC), and FILE Festival (São Paulo), among others. He has produced commissioned works for Radio Reina Sofía Museum (RRS) in Madrid, FoN Air in Cumbria, the Atelier de Création Sonore Radiophonique (ACSR) in Brussels, and R{A}DIO{CUSTICA} in the Czech Radio. He has released pieces in collaboration with Framework Editions (EE), Gruenrekorder (DE), Sonic Terrain (COL), Vacuamoenia (IT), and Very Quiet Records (UK), among other labels and platforms. Grants, awards and mentions include Süden Radio (Radio Papesse, 2017), Santander Mobility Award (2015), INLAND (2011), Europe: A Sound Panorama (Goethe Institute, Deutschlandradio Kultur, ZKM Karlsruhe, 2011), and the 5th On Air Radiophonic Art Prize (Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, 2009).

Pablo has participated in numerous artist residencies in Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, Sweden, and Brazil, and has given talks, seminars and workshops internationally. In 2004 he was a co-founding member of Mediateletipos.net, an independent collective initiative devoted to the research and dissemination of aural culture, experimental music and sonic arts. He also worked as an editor in ArteSonoro.org and was the artistic director for the triannual programme ‘Sensxperiment 2009-11. Sensory Immersion’ in Córdoba. He graduated at the University of the Arts of The Hague, working at the ArtScience Interfaculty and the Institute of Sonology. Pablo holds a PhD in Electroacoustic Music Composition and Sonic Arts (‘Environmental Composition Approaches’) by the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), QUB, Northern Ireland, UK.