Nicole L’Huillier

Thomas Sanchez Lengeling

Yasushi Sakai

Electroacoustic audiovisual installation

The term diastrophism (diastrofismo) refers to varied processes and geological phenomena of deformation, alteration, and dislocation of the earth’s crust by the effect of internal tectonic forces.

Sound installation that uses a modular system to send images by means of rhythmic patterns. The cornerstone of the work is a rubble of the building Alto Rio which was destroyed by the earthquake 27F. From it surface, some devices percuten material generating sound patterns. The arrangement of the modules in different densities of the debris provides acoustic variations and different resonances. Devices communicate with each other; the percussive message is heard and repeated. Each rhythmic pattern transmits sonically a pixel, so after several rhythms an image begins to appear as a result.


The rubble represents a territory that inexorably changes over time. The installation reveals a sound portrait, the “voice” of the rock, using the earth as a medium. Its modification not only deteriorates the physical matter, but also the projections. In this way the material destruction opens a cycle of transformation. Modules are susceptible to environmental disruption, are sensitive to external sounds, so humans and other agents around them can distort and add “noise” to the final image.

This project is possible thanks to the collaboration of Fundación Projecta Memoria, an organization that preserves and values ​​symbolic debris after socio-natural disasters. Once the 13th Biennial of Media Arts closes its cycle, the rubble will be received by the ONEMI Seismic Museum.