Mark Bain – Michael Gendreau [Oct. 2013]

The American artists Mark Bain and Michael Gendreau are starring in the 5th event of the annual cycle AUDIÓPOLIS

October 4, 2013. From 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. In the Central Courtyard of CentroCentro (Plaza de Cibeles, 1, Madrid).

Entrance free.


“CentroCentro Cibeles de Cultura y Ciudadanía” on next Friday, October 4, at 8:00 pm, will present the fifth event that will complete the first annual cycle of AUDIÓPOLIS, in which Mark Bain and Michael Gendreau will give their show at the central courtyard of CentroCentro.

The work of these two artists and American researchers has a close relationship with architecture, using the structure of the resonances as a tool in the case of Gendreau or how the resonant materials can define structures in space in the case of Bain.

This event is part of the “IX Semana de la Arquitectura” to be held at the facilities of CentroCentro from 1 to 7 October.

Curated by Francisco Lopez around the generic idea of the meta-city, AUDIÓPOLIS presents, in annual cycles of live events, the creating experimental sound of the gigantic underground community of sound artists, experimental musicians and noisers.

Mark Bain [USA – Holland]


The American artist Mark Bain works on the interface of acoustics, architecture and actions of conceptual/experiential integration. For some time Bain has been involved in an ongoing research into the area of sound and architecture and how sonic events condition bodies and buildings they occupy. Sculptural aspects of sound are also investigated in the way resonant materials can define structures in space.

Other installations involve living systems and investigative devices, which position the viewer into rarified experiences. In this work, he designs hybrid apparatuses, which engage both locations and the viewing public. These are not necessarily products in themselves, but rather tools developed which lead to certain ends. His research can be thought as a kind of divining, a loosening, or search for living entities, defining a presence within that which is normally thought of as static and dead. |

Michael Gendreau [USA]

Michael Gendreau

Michael GENDREAU has composed and performed solo, as well as in several group configurations, since 1979. His former group Crawling With Tarts (1983 – 1998) used ideas revolving around elementalism and pre-language states. Gendreau has elaborated on these ideas while adding concepts based on his studies in physics, and philosophies attending to temporal and environmental persistence, applications of parataxis, and experiments with small motors and turntable mechanisms. His performances have involved sounds from one-off transcription discs cast by others in the middle of the last century, and those cut in his studio using a decrepit lathe. More recently, Gendreau has sought to extend these later studies, and to use buildings as speakers. He records the infrasonic vibrations of the performance space and in the concert, and he uses the structure’s resonances as an additional instrument in his site-specific compositions. These practices are based in part on his current work as an acoustician, working primarily on low-vibration and noise design for buildings. |

Activity organized in collaboration with the European University of Madrid.

Photographs of the concert of Mark Bain and Michael Gendreau. 04/10/2013. Audiópolis. CentroCentro. Madrid.

Photos: Haris Hlorou

Videos of the concert of Mark Bain and Michael Gendreau. 04/10/2013. Audiópolis. CentroCentro. Madrid.

Videos: Javier Pérez Aranda.

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