Lecture by Gabriel Castillo (Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, NL)

Abril 20th, 2016  |  Published in Ahora, Gabriel Castillo Aguero, Janneke van der Putten, Novedades, Residencias

Peruvian Textile – a vital manifestation that overcomes itself
Lecture by Gabriel Castillo Agüero 

Wednesday, 20 April 2016, 10:00 – 12:00hrs 
Gerrit Rietveld Academy, ROOM 110, Frederik Roeskestraat 96, Amsterdam 
TXT (textile) department – FIELD WORK lectures series

The lecture of Gabriel Castillo will demonstrate different traditional manifestations of Peruvian textiles since the pre-columbus time, passing through the colonial process, until current times. Castillo will take a formal and semiotic look into the myths and constants that he can find in the textiles, their value and transcendence. He will investigate their influence on traditional and contemporary expressions in relation to the arts, the aesthetics, and the vitality of the Peruvian reality.


The lecture is part of the Aloardi Exchange Program 2016 and is open to the public (free entrance). It will be in Spanish with a live translation into English by Christian Galarreta. Janneke van der Putten will also give a short introduction of Association Aloardi and her experiences during the Aloardi Research Trips 2015 in the Peruvian countryside.

Gabriel Castillo Aguero (1975) is a visual and sound artist with a background in History of Arts, graduated from “Universidad National Mayor de San Marcos”, Lima – Peru (2006‐2000). In his artistic work Castillo makes drawings, video, and experimental music, developing visual and sound discourses related to analogue and digital errors. He is interested in the popular culture and the craft of constructing electronic circuits as musical instruments.

Castillo is also member of Association Aloardi, a pioneering sound- and multimedia art related platform based in Lima since 1998, running among others an experimental music label and artist-in-residency programme. Castillo his lecture is part of a 3-month Aloardi Exchange Program 2016 in The Netherlands, a cultural exchange between the Netherlands and Peru, including other Aloardi member Christian Galarreta and Peruvian musician Hector Acuña. The program is organised and curated by Dutch artist Janneke van der Putten. Partner organisations hosting the program are: SOTU Festival, Gerrit Rietveld Academie (in Amsterdam), Foundation WORM, Studio Klangendum, Mirta Demare Arts, CHARLOIS SPECIAAL festival, Paviljoen aan het Water, Municipality of Rotterdam, Rotterdam Art Center -CBK (in Rotterdam) and Studio LOOS (in The Hague). The program also includes an excursion to Rumania with the Eco Nomadic School for a Wool Processing workshop, in collaboration with Myvillages and the Erasmus + program. More info about the scheduled events can be found on www.aloardi.org.

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Fundado en el año 1998, Aloardi inicia sus acciones como uno de los primeros sellos y colectivos independientes dedicados a difundir y producir música experimental y electrónica, arte con nuevos medios, intervenciones sonoras, investigaciones acústicas y expresiones culturales autóctonas de Sur y Centro America. Eventos curados y producidos por Aloardi han sido Laberinto Sonoro (2001), CHO-LO-FI (2002), Festival Contacto (2004-2008), Festival de vVdeo Arte Electronica VAE (2006), SURADIO (2006). Apoyamos y generamos colaboraciones entre diferentes individuos, grupos autogestionados e instituciones a nivel local, nacional e internacional. Organizando eventos y exhibiciones transdisciplinarias, compartimos conocimiento sobre recursos (no) tecnológicos, trabajo sostenible e intercambio entre comunidades locales. Ubicado en Lima, desde el 2004 nuestro local funciona como mediateca y sirve para la realización de encuentros, talleres, laboratorios de investigación, programas de residencias, producciones audiovisuales y transmisiones de radio por Internet. Puedes encontrar en este sitio web información sobre nuestra actividad reciente; para conocer mas de nuestra actividad pasada, puedes visitar nuestro antiguo sitio web.

Founded in Peru in 1998, Aloardi started as one of the first labels and independent iniciatives in South and Central America diffusing and producing experimental and electronic music, media art, sound related interventions, alternative acoustic research and autochthonous cultural expressions of its región. We support and generate collaborations between people with self-managed associations and institutions on local, national and international level. We organize events and transdisciplinary exhibitions, initiate actions and share knowledge: the association is engaged in approaches towards (non)technological resources, sustainable work and exchange with local communities. Based in Lima, our space serves since 2004 as venue for meetings, workshops, research laboratories, a residency program, audiovisual productions, internet radio broadcasts and a mediatheque. Recent news about the Aloardi activities can be found on this website; to see more, you can visit our old website here.