So this is the final part of the Aloardian manifesto included in the book-CD Periférico.
Cheers from North Lima, Perú.
CHOLOS / NOISES THAT INVADE LIMA final part
Lima and Peru are much more than either picture-postcard scenery or dirty cities, poverty, silence and noise. They are also a combination of idiosyncrasies, which are an essential par of the societies that have arisen in the face of poverty, discrimination, and colonialism that still continues in the shape of corporations and institutions. What is of most interest, lies in the relationships between these groups of people, in their searches for parallel paths, and sometimes, using either phenomena that arise from these relationships are very varied.
Aloardi reproduces itself in the same way. There is no sure route for anything, least of all for the sound production. We don’t have anything to lose, as we are already lost. At the exact moment of expressing oneself there are no concerns of whether or not our proposals will be accepted. The act of expressing oneself is already a means of survival. These contradictions make Aloardi not just a promoter of experimental music. The idea is to provide even more fertilizer for the mix of cultures that South America represents.
At one point there was a wave of enthusiasm toward “Art” (a Western concept) as a form of expression. But reality requires a sense of urgency that goes beyond aesthetics and theories, converting itself in flows of resistance and survival. This is evident from the ways in which the streets of Peru organise themselves: the transport, commerce and informal music. Aesthetics become a consequence, which is one of the many characteristics of these phenomena.
The fact that most well-known publications of “experimental proposals” are from Europe, USA, or Japan, is more down to availability of resources rather than geographic positioning (those in power have always been the ones to write history). In the so-called first world, the majority of experimental proposals are funded and assimilated (directly or indirectly) by the State. For example in these places “Sound Art” already exists and is recognised. The waves are beginning to hit our shores, as this publication demonstrates.
The chaos and informality generated in some parts of Lima can be interpreted as a celebration of self-destruction. In a kind of city carnival, we are reminding ourselves, as humans who are going to die, to die justly and expressively. Life is perhaps no more than birth, eating, possessing, going to concerts and walking around exhibitions with amazing installations. We are interested in breaking away from this false security, and the eternal search for immortality. We achieve this through various tools such as machines, insects, corrosion, fires… nature devouring mankind. Is mankind’s disorder, nature’s order?
Gabriel Castillo / Christian Galarreta