In Sideral, Marcela Amas and Gilberto Esparza challenge the perception of space as silent. As iron meteorites make their journey through space, the extreme events they pass through are recorded as changes in their magnetic field – a kind of log, by which scientists can understand where the meteorite has come from. Amas and Esparza go one step further: here, an 82kg chunk of space debris named Boxhole, found in Australia in 1937, is cradled in spidery wooden sensor-limbs that ‘read’ the meteorite and generate an eerie, modulating music that’s also a kind of storytelling, the account of an almost unimaginable journey through the void.
Sideral is a collaboration with sound artist and musician Danial Llermaly & Diego Liedo Lavaniegos. The first realisation of the work was produced in 2016 by singuhr – projects berlin
Supported by: Anglo Arts, the cultural department of The Anglo Mexican Foundation A.C.,CMMAS (Centro Mexicano para la Música y las Artes Sonoras), the Embassy of Mexico United Kingdom & Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID)
Boxhole was loaned courtesy of the Trustees of the Natural History Museum, London