Vis. [un]necessary force_4

Luz María Sánchez (MX)

Vis.[un]necessary force_4 (V.[u]nf_4) is a generative, participatory multimedia installation which translates the affective sonic territory of the Mexican desert and the aural fabric of Rastreadoras de El Fuerte—digging in search of clandestine graves where they might find their family members, victims of enforced disappearance—into an immersive sonic environment. 

V.[u]nf_4 is part of a larger art-research project that addresses violence exerted against civilians by drug cartels, police, and military forces. In Mexico, crimes against humanity are committed every day. The country has become a large mass grave. As of April 2021, official numbers state that more than 4,000 clandestine graves were found, more than 250,000 people have died and 83,000 have gone missing since the war on drugs was launched in 2006. 

V.[u]nf_4 generative process operates through different sonic cells: verbal and non-verbal human sounds—Rastreadoras’ interaction while on expedition—and environmental and mechanical/human-made sounds—the steel “T” rods used to locate clandestine graves, dragged on the pavement. Clusters of sounds build an aural fabric, placing the visitor within the emotional space of the search. This sonic space is made of snapshots in which Rastreadoras try to overcome their agony. The need to find their loved ones coexists with their hope that they are not the ones in the clandestine grave found. The imminence of the finding is a distressful ambiance that pervades within: we are witnessing the horror

V.[u]nf_4 proposes to ponder how defenseless individuals endure/scintillate in a space where the killing machine has contaminated all circles of coexistence. These participatory, affective sonic constructs may help build empathy and contribute to exposing these crimes against humanity. 

In 2020 V.[u]nf_3 received a Prix Ars Electronica’s Honorary Mention in the category Digital Communities. Sánchez is an artistic member of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico.   

Vis.[un]necessary force_4 (V.[u]nf_4) is a generative, participatory multimedia installation which translates the affective sonic territory of the Mexican desert and the aural fabric of Rastreadoras de El Fuerte—digging in search of clandestine graves where they might find their family members, victims of enforced disappearance—into an immersive sonic environment. 

V.[u]nf_4 is part of a larger art-research project that addresses violence exerted against civilians by drug cartels, police, and military forces. In Mexico, crimes against humanity are committed every day. The country has become a large mass grave. As of April 2021, official numbers state that more than 4,000 clandestine graves were found, more than 250,000 people have died and 83,000 have gone missing since the war on drugs was launched in 2006. 

V.[u]nf_4 generative process operates through different sonic cells: verbal and non-verbal human sounds—Rastreadoras’ interaction while on expedition—and environmental and mechanical/human-made sounds—the steel “T” rods used to locate clandestine graves, dragged on the pavement. Clusters of sounds build an aural fabric, placing the visitor within the emotional space of the search. This sonic space is made of snapshots in which Rastreadoras try to overcome their agony. The need to find their loved ones coexists with their hope that they are not the ones in the clandestine grave found. The imminence of the finding is a distressful ambiance that pervades within: we are witnessing the horror

V.[u]nf_4 proposes to ponder how defenseless individuals endure/scintillate in a space where the killing machine has contaminated all circles of coexistence. These participatory, affective sonic constructs may help build empathy and contribute to exposing these crimes against humanity. 

In 2020 V.[u]nf_3 received a Prix Ars Electronica’s Honorary Mention in the category Digital Communities. Sánchez is an artistic member of the National System of Art Creators in Mexico.   

www.vis-fuerzainnecesaria.org/v-u-nf-4

The project was made with the support from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, the National System of Art Creators/Mexican Ministry of Culture and University Museum Contemporary Art/MUAC. Author: Luz María Sánchez. Field sound recording: Josué Martínez Alcántara. Sound editing/mix: Luz María Sánchez/Josué Martínez Alcántara/Frank Ekeberg. Research coordinator: Ana Paula Sánchez-Cardona. Video documentation: Fernando González Buenrostro.  

Special thanks to: Mirna Medina/Rastreadoras de El Fuerte, Amanda de la Garza, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Carolina Robledo from the Research Group on Social and Forensic Anthropology (GIASF), Frank Ekeberg, Jacobo Dayán and Ryszard W. Kluszczynski. 

Luz María Sánchez (MX) is a transdisciplinary artist exploring the political sphere of violence and power relations through multimedia constructs. Her artistic research extends to language as a techno-scientific machine and builds upon environmental urgency. Sánchez has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Linz; MUAC, Mexico City; WRO Art Biennale, Wroclaw; and ZKM, Karlsruhe. She has authored four books, curated exhibitions and conferences on new media, and presented by invitation at leading institutions such as the School of the Art Institute Chicago, the University of the Arts London UAL, and ZKM.  

Luz María Sánchez (MX) is a transdisciplinary artist exploring the political sphere of violence and power relations through multimedia constructs. Her artistic research extends to language as a techno-scientific machine and builds upon environmental urgency. Sánchez has exhibited at Ars Electronica, Linz; MUAC, Mexico City; WRO Art Biennale, Wroclaw; and ZKM, Karlsruhe. She has authored four books, curated exhibitions and conferences on new media, and presented by invitation at leading institutions such as the School of the Art Institute Chicago, the University of the Arts London UAL, and ZKM.