cuando el cuerpo desaparece

How to be without being?

How to go on creating situation, present tense?

Sound as a medium of de-materialisation. What do we perceive from a performance when we don’t see it and only hear it? Could we ever perceive the space where it is performed and the image it produces? When does the body disappear? Is the voice body?

The perception of love as a sign. Until when does language operate more as a suggestion of the real? Can language be activated as a sign of something that has not yet found its words?

As a way of answering these and other questions, we have turned to the format of the radio programme, for its capacity to create contents through practice and shared processes of knowledge, and above all, for its capacity to create a present or another present.

The radio suggests, or at least allows one to believe in, the notion that someone is at the other end of the microphone. The desire to find a space/time continuum with the person the narrator is addressing. As Manuel Cirauqui rightly says: “The intensification of the here and now, a paradox for strengthening the relationship with someone we cannot see, someone who is always there and thus inhabits a maybe.”

This experimentation is in no way related to radio as a medium, as a laboratory, but as a place where performance “rests” or leans, thus seeking the validity of the sign in its transfer and adaptation to this different format.

We believe that when the displacement between what happens and what one perceives -which normally occurs through sight- is only perceived by way of the sound it makes, it poses interesting questions on the notions of performance.

This experience activates the practice of the relations produced between the immaterial object and the spectator in the area of performance and the development of some of these elements outside their presential mode, to the benefit of more discursive modes.

about mugatxoan


Mugatxoan operates in the field of the relations between the immaterial subject and the spectator, locating the production of these devices within the area of performance and its derivations.

It is an art research programme which enables projects that do not fit into the traditional system of art production to find a place. These projects, which come from various disciplines, provide an opportunity for renovating established methods of production and work patterns.

This space/time relation proposed by Mugatxoan forms a necessary ecosystem based on open dialogue and common investigation. It allows one to stop and take time, and thus to immerse oneself in the work, in the reflection, in the questions and concerns that arise within the shared work. It is a place where practice itself becomes theory for and because of the production of knowledge, analysis and the search for other means of production.

  • Mediation
Date of resolution:
December 2011