MASE project presentation

3-4 April, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
Exhibition view of Francisco López. Untitled #223. Museo Reina Sofía, 2010
Exhibition view of Francisco López. Untitled #223. Museo Reina Sofía, 2010
Organized by
MASE and Museo Reina Sofía

The MASE project continues the line of research into sound art in Spain that emanated from the 8th edition of the International Creation Meeting Sensxperiment, in 2006. Setting out from this initiative, a series of materials and references reflected both in a printed publication and a specific website ( are disseminated with the aim of setting in motion key lines of work that help to generate a space of critical reflection and a reference point for any future study on sound art in the Spanish State.

MASE provides space for work groups and action networks by activating research processes as a starting point from which to explore, test and activate lines of work linked to art practices within the realm of sound production and its relationship to the public, social and institutional spheres. The project’s new website ( represents a space for documentation, a repository, database, archive and resource bank, establishing a place associated with learning and dissemination.

This encounter comprises two conferences that resolve to communicate the project’s different processes and lines of research, with diverse agents establishing dialogue to address issues considered throughout the work process. The themes addressed are brought together in a face-to-face environment, necessary for the spontaneous exchange of ideas and as an extension of the fledgling repository in the web-based archive.

The project’s coordination and programming group is made up of José Manuel Costa, Xabi Erkizia, José Luis Espejo, José Iges and Xoán-Xil, with web development and administration by Pedro López and participation from contributors such as José Manuel Berenguer, Edu Comelles, Susana López, Kamen Nedev, Adolfo Núñez, Juanjo Palacios, Carmen Pardo, Abraham Rivera and Andrea Zarza. 


José Manuel Berenguer. Intermedia artist, organiser of numerous festivals and promoter of sound projects like Côclea and the Orquestra del Caos.

Juan Cantizzani. Cultural manager, promoter of projects such as Sensxperiment and Andalucía Soundscape and coordinator of MASE.

José Manuel Costa. Visual and sound art critic, journalist and exhibition curator.

Xabi Erkizia. Musician, producer, independent curator and journalist. Organiser of the ERTZ Festival and coordinator of AUDIOLAB (Arteleku).  

José Luis Espejo. An Independent researcher involved in diverse publications on audiovisual art and aural culture.

José Iges. Composer, sound and intermedia artist, organiser and curator of sound art exhibitions.
Pedro López. Intermedia Artist, promoter of the Modisti netlabel, editor of the magazine Hurly Burly and coordinator of the sound improvisation festival Hurta Cordel.

Xoán-Xil López. A Musicologist and sound artist who carries out research into ethnomusicology and contemporary music.

Kamen Nedev. An Independent Cultural Producer who develops research and production work in phonography and acoustic soundscapes.

Adolfo Núñez. A Composer and Lecturer at the Autonomous University of Madrid who carries out research into music science and technology.

Carmen Pardo Salgado. Head Lecturer at the University of Girona and Lecturer in the Master’s course on sound art, plastic arts, architecture and music at the University of Barcelona.

Juanjo Palacios. Sound Artist and founder of La Escucha Atenta, a platform and record label devoted to phonography.

Abraham Rivera. Audiovisual and music programmer and independent curator.


Actividad pasada 3 april, 2014
Session 1

6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Juan Cantizzani. MASE – The History and Presence of Sound Art in Spain Introduction to the project
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. José Manuel Berenguer, Adolfo Núñez and José Iges. Radio Art and Electroacoustic Music
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Carmen Pardo Salgado. Notes on Listening to the Automaton
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Xoán-Xil, Juanjo Palacios and Kamen Nedev. Phonography and Soundscapes

Actividad pasada 4 april, 2014
Session 2

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Pedro López and Juan Cantizzani. – a space for the project’s documentation, archive and web-based repository.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m. José Iges. Process and Concept in Sound Art in Spain.
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. José Manuel Costa and Abraham Rivera. The Presence of Sound Art in Spain. From 1990 to the Present Day.
8:30 - 9:30 p.m. José Luis Espejo. Public and Private Archives in the Spanish State. Archiving Collections and Digitising Archives.