Performed by Israel Castillo Hernández (viola da gamba) and Juan Luis Montoro Santos (electronics)

For viola da gamba and electronics

This project was born from the idea of creating a collaborative, multidisciplinary piece based on the series Yo soy mi casa (I am my house) by Mexican artist Cristian Pineda. This series is composed of 10 photographs which are digitally intervened by drawings. The photographs were taken by Cristian Pineda in Juchitán, Oaxaca after the earthquakes in September, 2017. According to the artist, the drawings which intervene the photographs were made as a way of imaginatively repopulating the places destroyed by the earthquakes.

The aim was to compose a piece where both visual and musical elements could be combined and presented together, creating a holistic audiovisual experience.

The result is a large scale ongoing work written for viola da gamba and electronics which is so far composed of five pieces, each based on a different image. In the future, the project will be extended until the completion of 10 pieces based on the 10 graphics of Yo soy mi casa.


Each of the five pieces are based on the artist’s images and created through a collaborative process between three artists: composers Jimena Maldonado Álvarez and Juan Luis Montoro Santos and viola da gamba player Israel Castillo Hernández.

Intervened memory is the result of different processes of intervention, dialog, interpretation and improvisation; all based on Cristian Pineda’s work. The interaction and connection between the composers, performer, images, and electronics is an essential part of the creation, performance and, eventually, of the audience’s perception of the piece.

The first 5 pieces of Intervened memory were premiered in Eupen, Belgium during Cristian Pineda's retrospective exhibition at the Alter Schlachthof Kulturzentrum Eupen in March, 2019. 

In June, 2019, the pieces were performed in St.Germain-de-Calberte, France.

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