The White tower features the sound installation
Mis orejas (2021)
Nicole L’Huillier will place her piece first on the top level floor of the building and it will change its setting every two weeks to another floor of the white tower. Although her piece is not directly connected with the interventions on the other floors, she will collect sounds from other locations, not just from within the tower, of custom-made loudspeakers which are integrated into an array of colorful silicone ears. These rubber ears, which were made for a transatlantic exhibition that the artist could not attend due to current immigration status problems and COVID 19, functionally connected to the tactile and intimate aspects of listening, extend far from the artist's body like tentacles, becoming an integral part of it. Listening to what these rubber ears hear, the artist reflects on the politics of listening, consent, presence and vibrational intimacy.
Nicole L’Huillier (b. 1985, Santiago, Chile) is an artist, experimental musician, drummer, and -half of the space pop duo Breaking Forms. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at MIT Media Lab, Opera of the Future group, Ph.D. in Media Arts & Sciences. She also holds a Master's degree in Media Arts & Sciences (2017) from MIT Media Lab.
Nicole was awarded the First Prize for the MIT 2020 Harold and Arlene Schnitzer Prize in the Visual Arts, also a DAAD fellowship as part of the Transnational Sound Initiative (TSI), and she was the recipient of the 2019 SIMETRIA prize to participate in a residency at CERN, Paranal, and ALMA Observatories.
She has exhibited and performed at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Sónar +D, Ars Electronica, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston (ICA), SXSW, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Bienal de Artes Mediales Chile, Museo de Bellas Artes Santiago, Chile, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Santiago (MAC), Museum of Fine Arts Boston (MFA), Guggenheim Museum, Bienal de Arquitetura São Paulo, Centro Cultural GAM Santiago, among others. She has published and been invited as a speaker at Sónar +D, Thresholds Journal, Leonardo Journal, Siggraph, ACADIA, Festival en Orbita (NYC, Lima, and Santiago), Festival FIIS Chile. She has been invited as a lecturer and guest critic at MIT Art Culture and Technology (ACT), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), UPenn (PennDesign), Universidad de Chile, Universidad Finis Terrae, Universidad San Sebastián, Universidad Uniacc.
Photo by Ally Schmaling