“The real world appears in the image as it were between parentheses”
– Emmanuel Levinas
Mikel R. Nieto studied art in San Sebastián, Madrid and in Barcelona. He collaborated for years with Audiolab at Arteleku in San Sebastián in projects like "Soinumapa", the Basque Country Sound Map, and "Hots! Radio". He is part of the "Mediateletipos" platform writing several text about sound, noise, listening and musical networks. In 2016, he curated and coordinated "The Listening Observatory" in collaboration with José Luis Espejo and Xabier Erkizia during the European Capital of Culture in Donostia / San Sebastián.
He has being working in collaboration with dancers and choreographers in many contemporary dance projects creating sound designs for dance pieces, such as Jone San Martin, who worked with William Forsythe for more than 20 years in the Ballet Frankfurt and The Forsythe Company. Also he collaborated with Pascal Merighi and Thusnelda Mercy, who worked for Pina Bausch during many years.
His first book, black on black, called “Dark Sound” was published by Gruenrekorder and it was described as the "dark book of the soundscape". His second book, in collaboration with the anthropologist Tim Ingold and the philosopher Carmen Pardo, called “A soft hiss of this world” was printed white on white and is focused in the loss of snow in the landscape because of the Antrophocene and how it affects to language and to the soundscape through the sound of snowflakes.
Audition, hearing pathologies, deafness, silence, hearing, listening, otherness, embodiment strategies, inter-subjectivity, voice, intimacy, hauntology, non-presence, noise, sound, sound art, radio art, experimental practices, radical phonography, field recordings, raw materials, semiotic technologies, stasis cinema, site-specific sound installations, sonic and dance situations.