Uncertain Streams

Nicolás Dardano (ar/it) & giuliana grippo (AR)

Uncertain Streams originated on and is inspired by the Mediterranean coast of Almería, Spain. This location presents an intriguing contrast: protected areas with unique natural beaches and exceptional geology collide with huge greenhouse urbanism. This created a dystopian labyrinth of semi-transparent architecture designed to produce vegetables for northern European countries. The video installation from Nicolás Dardano and Giuliana Grippo reuses locally discarded materials and images to immerse himself in these contradictions. In this way, they sketch a hypnotic scenario in streams of video, light and sound.

The work was developed in collaboration with Montemero Art Residency (SP) and sound artist Diane Barbé (FR). Montemero is a collaborative project on the east coast of Spain dedicated to sustainable ecology and alternative art production. 

The soundscape of the piece is composed of compositions by Barbé, based on archives of oceanographic institutes, which regularly collect and record sounds from the oceans. These show how the sound of shipping traffic has become unprecedentedly loud and permanently invades the daily lives of all underwater creatures, who depend on acoustics to perceive their world.

Mining and petrochemical companies in particular conduct surveys to map potential resources and do so through short explosions: weeks of continuous one explosion every 20 seconds, at levels that blast the lungs and ears of creatures nearby and lead to invisible carnage in the depths: bodies. The explosions can be heard over 300 km away. Sounds spread much further in water: the ocean is sound.

After a fruitful career as an audio-visual designer, Nicolás Dardano (1978, IT) shifted his focus to media art, with autonomous projects that explore the interaction between time, space, video, light and sound, inspired exploration of man’s relationship with nature and landscape. Interdisciplinary visual artist Giuliana Grippo (AR) works with organic and fragile materials.

photo: Gabe Kamphuis