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The greatest failure, inculture


04 December 2023
This month's topic: Revisiting the archiveResident Editor: Josephine Soundscapes

The greatest failure, inculture

Published in A*DESK (11/30/2015), Revisited by Josephine Soundscapes (4/12/23)


At A*DESK we are committed to the topics that help us understand the present.But it is also important, from time to time, to do a retrospective exercise, revisit our archives and reread them in a current way.December seemed like a suitable month for this.We did not want to do this review alone and that is why we have asked Josephine Soundscapes to accompany us during these four weeks of December and to discuss the proposed texts and editorials.Josephine does it the way she knows best, through sounds and visuals.

We start by going back to 2015, to the Syrian war (which seems so far away but the consequences of which are still a big problem) and we see how so many things seem to have changed and so many others, in essence, have intensified. And yes, we talk about failure.


Soundscapes for A*DESK 1/4

Through associative concepts and games of literality-non-literality, these musical suggestions distill, complement or enhance the theme developed in the editorial.

For this first editorial, nothing better than the artist’s music Musslimgauze.

Muslimgauze was the stage name of Bryn Jones (17 June 1961 – 14 January 1999), an extremely prolific British ethnic electronic and experimental music artist, strongly influenced by everything to do with the Middle East, conflicts andthe history of the Muslim world, often with an emphasis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but much more.

His is a peculiar story, a completely outsider creator but at the same time, an example of rapprochement, mixing, respect and vindication of other cultures very different from his own.

His work was so abundant that even after his death his work continued to be found and published. In this case, I have selected a topic from a release published in the year the editorial was written, 2015. ​

Track: Zilver Track
Álbum: Feel the Hiss

Josephine Soundscapes is Jose Salas, art director, graphic designer and audiovisual creator. His career is linked, for the most part, to the independent cultural network of Madrid, in the fields of visual arts, audiovisual and music, both from his personal or collective projects such as Machines Désirantes Buró, Fast Gallery, Silly Europeans, Alkomerz (Berlin), Paraíso Madrid or Sonda Dispersa (M21 Radio), as well as for institutions such as CA2M, La Casa Encendida or Matadero Madrid. Under his alias Josephine Soundscape he works as a DJ, radio host, promoter and programmer, in clubs, parties and festivals, as well as in radio projects and collaborations with the performing arts environment, partly from his independent promoter a_mal_gam_a, or in other projects such as CALMA, Radio Relativa or in the Festival BetaPública de Teatros de Canal.

A*DESK is a critical platform focused on publishing, training, experimentation, communication and dissemination in relation to contemporary culture and art, which is defined by transversality. The starting point is contemporary art, because that is where we come from and this awareness allows us to go much further, to incorporate other disciplines and forms of thought in order debate issues that are relevant and urgent for understanding our present.

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