Nicolás Jaar is a Chilean sound maker born in New York in 1990. Among his notable works are the albums Space Is Only Noise (2011), Pomegranates (2015) and Sirens (2016). He is known in the club world for his various dance 12″ EPs and remixes he put out from 2008 to 2011. Since his first album, he has embarked on more explorative directions, performing five-hour improvisational concerts at PS1 (NY), MAC (Montreal) and Etown (Colorado) that fused video art, choreography, chance operations and sound.
He has released a large volume of recordings through his label Other People (including works by like-minded artists Lydia Lunch, William Basinski, Patrick Higgins, Dj Slugo, Lucretia Dalt, Pierre Bastien & Tomaga, Vtgnike and others).
In 2015, Jaar scored Dheepan by director Jacques Audiard (winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2015).
In 2016, Jaar launched The Network, a web of 111 fictional radio mixes and artworks done in collaboration with Jena Myung and Maziyar Pahlevan. A mixture of these mixes was aired on London-based NTS radio and is archived here. In 2017, The Network became a book, published by Printed Matter. A review of the book noted that "reading with Jaar is more akin to solving a book of logic puzzles. Or seeing, hearing and reading simultaneously. Or failing to do so entirely.”
In the spring of 2019, Jaar was commissioned for a 9 hour improvisation in the Oude Kerk church in Amsterdam which he performed alongside two organists and a dozen surround speakers.
Jaar is currently curating a residency for sound artists in the West Bank that takes place in a 130 year old converted food storage shack in Bethlehem. Residents so far include Chilean composer Sebastian Jatz Rawicz and Mexican artist Rolando Hernández.
Jaar is also half of the now defunct band Daπkside, current member of improvisational ensemble ¡MIÉRCOLES! alongside dancer and choreographer Stéphanie Janaina and founding member of the Shock Forest Group.
Shock Forest Group (2019) is a 14 member research team led and curated by Nicolás consisting of architects, cartographers, linguists, coders, urban planners, sound makers, biologists, geneticists, graphic designers and engineers. It is an experiment in open research, where the research categories surface as the research develops. It is also an experiment in alternative education, a classroom without a teacher, where the learning emerges as the product of polyphony. One end goal of the Group is to create an ‘instrument of resonance’ which, when placed in a specific context, analyses and orders (or disorders) the local data (and non-data). The Shock Forest Group instrument of resonance might let out a scream (a sound), which could unveil the multiple layers of local violences and communicate these via noise, light and/or movement.
You can find the Network Book on Sale here.
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