La Guerra is a commissioned work created by Mikel R. Nieto. The sound piece evokes the sites of the Spanish Civil War through ordinary sounds such as storms, airplanes, trains, roads, seagulls and refrigerators. All the sounds belong to recordings made specifically for this purpose in different places such as Madrid, Barcelona and Belchite, among others, in which the Civil War becomes present through the poetics of these empty, abandoned and often forgotten spaces.
The composition shows the changes that the settings of the Civil War have undergone, in terms of both sonority and functionality, uncovering traces of an active, day-to-day war that lead to a new interpretation of the meaning of those day-to-day sounds and a re-examination of the settings. Is it possible to think of history and the past through the sites and ruins left behind by that history? What are these spaces in which remnants of the Civil War are found?.
The podcast is accompanied by two collaborations co-ordinated by the same artist. One of them is a series of photographs taken where the recordings were made, which puts forward a formal question related to the fundamental differences between photography and phonography, and at the same time points to the commercial use, which becomes political use, of these territories. The other is a text by Jesús Carrillo that delves into the questions about war addressed in the podcast.
Photos by Jordi NN
Many thanks to Cibeles Bello, Manuel Calurano, Jesús Carrillo, José Luis Espejo, Marcello Liberato, Blanca Rego and Zacarías.