Curators: Juan García Sandoval, Olga Concepción Rodríguez Pomares
The Cellar – Gabarron Museum.
Fundación Casa Pintada. C/ San Francisco, 14 - 30170 - Mula (Murcia), Spain .
Press release. 17- 02-23
The Gabarron Museum presents next Saturday, February 18 at 12.30 pm in its most alternative exhibition space: The Cellar, the sound installation Roar. The night of the drums, Mula a new exhibition that enhances a popular tradition so rooted in the town of Mula, giving it the character of contemporary art with this interesting sound installation. Curated by Juan García Sandoval, museologist and art critic and Olga C. Rodríguez Pomares, professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Granada, it will remain until May 28.
Since last 2018, Mula and Moratalla, in the Region of Murcia, along with the towns of Bajo Aragón, Albalate del Arzobispo, Alcorisa, Puebla de Híjar, Andorra de Teruel, Alcañiz, Calanda, Híjar, Samper de Calanda and Urrea de Gaén; in the Valencian Community, the towns of Alcora and Alzira; in Albacete, with the towns of Tobarra, Hellín and Agramón, as well as Baena in Córdoba, are the result of the social dimension with the denomination of the Tamboradas of Spain that have transcended the local communities of each town, region, region,... giving prominence to their traditions, and being recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco, which in the town of Mula join the declarations of Regional Tourist Interest Festival in 1990, National in 2009 and recently Festival of International Tourist Interest.
Since the nineteenth century the tamborada floods with thunderous sounds to the last corner of the town of Mula. The night of Holy Tuesday is an event that stands out for a perfect symbiosis of rebellion, art and popular tradition.
"Roar. The Night of the Drums, Mula" is the result of one of those nights. Recordings recorded around midnight on March 27, 2018 mutate into a sound installation that overflows The Cellar at the Gabarron Museum. The artists' intention has been to perform an experimental and conceptual aesthetic exercise, exemplifying in Mula the powerful and moving concept of the numerous tamboradas that take place in our country.
The authors, Juan Jesús Yelo Cano (Cartagena, 1964) and Sergio Sánchez Nicolás (Murcia, 1975), have carried out an experimental music exercise starting from field recordings, working in line with a coming and going of sound files modified and reconfigured over and over again, until transforming a popular sound manifestation into a sound art proposal, in line with current times.
The work brings to contemporaneity an absolutely new aesthetic proposal; only Jordi Valls' work from 1984 is known, a sound record captured on vinyl extolling the Calanda festival. In this work, the most absolute respect for the tradition and the soundscape of the Night of the Drums has been combined with the extreme experimentation, facing the pigeonholing that denies the popular as something unworthy of being considered art.
The sound installation picks up that metaphor of the beating heart, as it is how the Night of the Drums is lived and, through photography, the concentration of a ritual in a collective space is captured, giving rise to the community celebration, full of physical and emotional strength. It is the feeling of the sound of the earth, of the deepest and most primitive of the place and of Humanity, where the symbiosis of people, instruments and traditions give rise to a collective ecstasy. Linked to this and of special interest, is the collaboration with photographer Andrés García Mellado (Mula, 1975), who plays with representation and abstraction, with geometric patterns, with light and shadows, black and white images where he collects the soul and the process from the moments before "Breaking the hour."