Cutis Sonat [abstract]

Cutis Sonat is an intermedia research project that parts from questioning about the stereotypes and sociocultural values ‚Äčthat have been created historically based on skin color. The proposal covers three sound approaches that use variations of the human complexion to speculate on the relevance that skin color has had in the way humans relate to each other.


- Cutis Sonat (V 0.1)

Sound installation / Bio-action, following the line of research, proposed, this work seeks to address the racial/sociocultural differences around the human complexion from a piece that dialogues with this problem through a sound discourse.

The piece is made up of a collection of human skin culture canvases that cover a tonal spectrum that goes from the darkest to the lighter complexion. Colorimetry is based on the compilation of images of skin tones that will be taken throughout the process. The RGB formula of each skin tone is used to generate the specific sound frequency of each canvas, which will be reproduced through a sound device. The canvases are mounted in wooden boxes together with their sound device electronics to create sound objects that, through their multiplicity of voices, interpret the translated harmonic counterpoints of the different hues of the skins. The result is a bio-sound space that integrates and dialogues the different skin tones and their sound representation, speculating with the idea that we are all part of this great color sample and that far from colliding with each other, we are complementary, both physically (bio-skin) and intangible, the core (sound). The piece reflects this in a poetic way, a collection of objects that integrates a wide range of skin tones and their sounds, forming an intrinsically harmonic discourse without disrupting the individuality of its parts.


- Cutis Sonat (V 0.3)

Photographic series that portrays four human skin tones and four magnetic tape music boxes that reproduce a sound piece composed using the tonal information of each skin color.


- Cutis Sonat (V 0.4)

CS V0.4 is a composition for string quintet based on a skin tone spectrum that dictates each part's tonal range. The piece, which is 30 minutes long, explores the harmonic possibilities of the specific tonalities from each of the assigned colors, creating counterpoints between the different instruments of the ensemble.


- Cutis Sonat (V 0.5)



Skin Color DATA Sonification

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