PILAR MIRALLES
composer / sound artist

Artist statement

I would like to question our approach to artistic expression in the mass-market era, our capacity to perceive and interpret the world and the self, and our subsequent consciousness and freedom. I dream about and work for a new way of creation, interpretation and reception of art within an environment free of market domination, academic technocracy and administrative deception.

My work as an artist is focused on the problematization and denormalization of productivity as the main socio-temporal logic of our time. I do this mostly through sound: I intend to create situations of sonic "underload" where the listener can linger over reflection and contemplation. I believe in quietness, sparseness and simplicity to overcome the excess of information, fragmentation of the present, and immediacy of production, consumption and optimization of today's everyday life. I train myself to look better in order to see, to listen better in order to hear (Éliane Radigue, "The Mysterious Power of the Infinitesimal"): The biggest step of my journey as an artist was to become conscious that I am not conscious, and to strive for being conscious.

I intend to understand and exist in the present through artistic creation, focusing on finding a solid ground, presence and intention for my creative necessities. I hope to create opportunities to encounter continuity, depth and meaning in this hectic world for me and others.

...Promoting resting as a social action. We shouldn't rest to become blind and deaf, but to ease the opening of eyes and ears amid the culture of the overload and systematic growth of today's reality... ...If anybody is sleepy, let them go to sleep...



Acknowledgments

Thanks to Jean-Paul Sartre for Nausea, John Kennedy Toole for A Confederacy of Dunces, John Steinbeck for The Grapes of Wrath, and José Luis Sampedro for El río que nos lleva.

Thanks to Galina Ustvolskaya, the truest composer, and to Éliane Radigue, Eva-Maria Houben and Jakob Ullmann, for defying the immediacy era.

Thanks to Dada (dada m'dada, dada m'dada dada mhm, dada dera dada, dada Hue, dada Tza). Thanks to Fluxus.

Thanks to Mayakovsky …the boat of love crashed into everyday life… (last letter, 1930).

Thanks to all artists who feel or have felt the oppression that is normally exerted on those who express the freedom of their consciousness.



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Hi!

My name is Pilar Miralles and I was born in Almería (Spain) in 1997. I am a composer and sound artist based in Helsinki (Finland). I completed my Master's Degree in Electroacoustic Composition in 2020 in Madrid (Spain) and my Master of Music in Composition in 2022 at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki (Finland). I recently got acepted as a doctoral candidate in the Arts Study Programme of DocMus Doctoral School at the Sibelius Academy. My artistic research project is titled Nothing much; Denormalizing Productivity through Sonic Underload. My objective is to investigate and question, through the compositional process, the normalization of a culture of the overload, whose main consequence is the lack of space for a reflexive construction of the self.

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Media

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"Alienation" (2021), computer-generated sound through SuperCollider programming language - Composed at the Nordplus intensive course IMMEDIA in Vilnius (Lithuania, 2021)
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Contact

Please, feel free to reach me out for more information about my music, my work or any other enquiry.

Email: pilota97@gmail.com

Phone: +358 414 955 736