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Mon, May 27 2024 7:30 PM

660 Lomita Dr. Stanford
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Guillermo Galindo: Nexo Organico/Organic Nexus

Guillermo Galindo presents a live score to a black and white post-apocalyptic animation film that shows a nuanced dialogue between classical taxonomic systems rooted in European codices and contemporary biogenetic sciences and corporations. The latter, often linked to extractivism and genetic modification for commodification, face tension within this artistic exploration. The piece reflects a post-human symbiotic mutant world inhabited with entities that are part fish part animal, part human and part plant.

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Guillermo Galindo is a post-Mexican experimental composer, artist, and performer whose expansive body of work transcends traditional artistic boundaries, delving into the intersections of music, visual arts, politics, humanitarian issues, spirituality, and social awareness. His creative repertoire encompasses a diverse array of mediums, including acoustic compositions, electro-acoustic music, film, visual arts, performance art, and immersive installations.

Galindo's artistic endeavors have garnered international acclaim, with his works being featured in prominent venues and exhibitions worldwide. One of Galindo's notable collaborations was with renowned photographer Richard Misrach on the Border Cantos series, which featured Misrach's evocative photographs of the U.S./Mexico border alongside Galindo's sonic devices and graphic musical scores created from objects left behind by immigrants and border patrol agents. This project shed light on the complexities of immigration and border politics, sparking critical discourse on these pressing issues.

Galindo's commitment to addressing socio-political concerns extends to his commissioned works, such as Remote Control for the Kronos Quartet Fifty for the Future project. This audience-interactive string quartet brings awareness to the dehumanizing effects of violence and the militarization of virtual reality, showcasing Galindo's dedication to using art as a catalyst for social change.

In response to the Pacific Standard Time biennale's Visual Voyages exhibit, Galindo created the Sonic Botany series, exploring the dangers of commodifying natural resources and the corporate appropriation of genetic code from flora and fauna. This ethno-futurist project challenges perceptions of nature and human intervention, prompting reflection on humanity's relationship with the environment.

Galindo's ongoing exploration of environmental themes has led to new projects like Sonic Biogenesis, Genomics and Mutant Jungles, which envisions a post-human world inhabited by mutant beings. Collaborations with artists like Cristobal Martinez on Let Us Speak Frog further delve into the urgency of addressing climate change and environmental decay.

Beyond his artistic pursuits, Galindo shares his expertise as a teacher at the California College of Arts and has been recognized as a Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford University and a Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Rollins Cornell Arts Museum. His contributions to the arts have earned him prestigious accolades, including the Fleishhacker Foundation Eureka Grant.

In summary, Guillermo Galindo's groundbreaking work transcends artistic boundaries, challenging perceptions and provoking thought on pressing social and environmental issues. Through his innovative compositions and interdisciplinary collaborations, Galindo continues to push the boundaries of art and activism, leaving a lasting impact on the contemporary cultural landscape.

Photo by Zen Cohen

Cost: FREE