horse's jaw - Juanjosé Rivas

Sounds and/or Music

Friday April 20th at 8:30p

Juanjosé Rivas : horse’s jaw, brackets, modified muzzles, electronics

Ulrich Krieger + Carmina Escobar : saxophones, amplified voice

Jason Brown + Amar Ravva : patches, surfaces, the box


All the way from Tenochtitlan (a.k.a. Mexico City) Juanjosé Rivas, a fundamental being of the experimental sound art in Mexico, will perform the piece M: Mascullar Serie: Plexus — a sound action for horse’s jaw, brackets, modified muzzles and electronics. Plexus is a series of sound actions based on different body movements which try to generate a symbolic dialogue between physical concepts throughout sound improvisation such as: error, randomness and the stochastic in order to describe some kind of body phenomena.


Juanjosé Rivas

Miembro del Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte.

Visual/sound artist specializing in electronic media, Juanjosé Rivas employs myriad techniques to give voice to the translation, error, obstruction, and interference inside artistic languages. Attempts to define the impossible, reveal the hidden, articulate the unspeakable, and evidence the truth as an instituted lie are some of the conceptual approaches used in his work.

Juanjosé Rivas made a sound residence in Centre for Contemporary Creation Matadero in Madrid, Spain (2013); he was Fellow Program Development Cultural Projects and Joint Ventures 2013; beneficiary of the Board of Contemporary Art PAC 2012; and has twice received the grant from the Young Artists Program specializing in Multimedia, FONCA-CONACULTA 2005 and 2011. He was a member of the Council of Planning and Evaluation for the Festival of Electronic Arts and Video Transitio_MX 2010-2014.

Juanjosé currently teaches at University Centro for Film, Design, and Television and is Artistic Director of VOLTA, a series of international concerts of sound art and experimental music in Mexico City.