A Fragile Balance

Edgardo Moreno

I work mainly as a composer/sound designer. I collect sounds from location recordings and process them in different ways. I work with various Electro-Acoustic and Acousmatic techniques.

 

I am pulled to the unusual, the unobserved, the discarded. Examining and sometimes challenging given notions of memory. My work is centred around my experience of being a Latin American (Chilean)political exile living and working in the diaspora.

 

Using video, capturing simple minimalistic scenes, trying to evoke an Impressionist like aesthetic. To give a dream-like quality to things we might hear and observe/ignore daily. My goal is to fuse these two practices. So that video and image are interwoven with sound/music.

 

My goal is to quietly establish different ways of listening and seeing. To linger on images and sounds as on a canvas. To stretch a conception of time and question notions of narrative and linearity.

 

Having visited the Hamilton Archives at the Hamilton Central Library I discovered a long history of attempted revitalizations of Barton St. The renewal that is happening now has been awaited for a long time. Since the 80s artists have tried to settle in the street and create hubs. The provincial government in the 90s allocated 10 million dollars to remake the street into an artist community but the funding was cut by the Mike Harris government. There have been many attempts at renewal and what is happening now is perhaps more feasible and realistic but still very fragile. There are many at risk people living in store fronts apartments and surrounding streets. Where will they go? In my opinion streets and neighbourhoods are most interesting when they are a mixed community. With different incomes, backgrounds etc. 

Edgardo Moreno is  a Hamilton based  composer that has been commissioned  for projects in Canada, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Sweden, Argentina, England and USA. He has written scores for films produced by CBC, Bravo, City TV, NFB, OMNI, Ontario Arts Council, History Channel,  TVO.  He has worked extensively with contemporary dance choreographers creating sound design and musical scores. He is presently working in creating video and live sound pieces that are part of his Firefly Project. His Film Double Exposure has screened in various film festivals across Canada and will be part of exhibitions in Ontario in the coming months.

451 Barton St. E

The ‘Anything is Possible on Barton’ exhibition is a neighbourhood wide art project that was selected for the Government of Canada’s My Main Street Community Activator program. This project is organized by the Barton Village BIA and funded in part by the Government of Canada through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the City of Hamilton. Thank you to the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and the Canadian Urban Institute for supporting local communities and revitalizing our main streets.

 

Please check out the other 14 installations HERE.

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