For its participation in the Listening Biennial, AMEE (Spanish Association of Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art) is presenting runrún rooms, a sonic research on runrún and runruneos curated by Alberto García Aznar (@albertogarciaaznar) and María del Buey. AMEE will hold four rooms and a coda from 15th July 2021 until 1st August 2021, taking place both in el pisito, AMEE's site-specific project and headquarters in Madrid (Spain), as well as in other physical locations in the city of Madrid, and online at http://runrunrunrun.xyz/.
The word runrún finds no direct translation into English, since it is a folk Spanish expression deeply rooted in its popular culture. Let's say it mostly names a sound which is unceasingly present in the background, that is somehow overheard but does not stop, and which occupies the space it sounds at, its architecture but also the interactions, bonds, conversations or emotions that take place there too. In that sense, runrún isn't necessarily a continuous sound, but it can be a repetitive, even a rhythmic one, like a song a child repeats during the whole day, or a request made to us by a friend again and again. Additionally, it can also be said that the runrún is a sort of recurring thought which does not go away, like an earworm. The one that may keep us from sleeping, or makes us feel anxious in its repetitive coming and going. Runrún is a kind of lost-in-translation term, that also involves a sonic presence by the way it is pronounced and how its sonority echoes the effects it produces on the ear exposed to it. Exploring the runrún in this context through sound works and actions, and theoretical reflection, seems like a door towards a sonic figure fully based on listening but that also engages with the realm of the unsound. Runrún is always something that is heard, overheard or listened to, but that cannot be deliberately produced. It is that sound or sonic phenomenon which is in the space, or in people who inhabited it, or in the situations we go through. It always comes to us, affecting our attention and emotions one way or another.
We have organised three different moments or rooms* focused on different theoretical and practical approaches to the concept of runrún and its political, artistic potential, articulated through poetic gestures, sonic actions, collective discussions, and collaborative spatial practices. room 15, is a space dedicated to present an online runrún and explore politics of the spam by text sharing, mass difussion happenings and airdrop actions. room 21 aims to accompany and attend the runrun, deepening our research around it through a collective reading and a noise control stations walk. In room 24 we will share and open runruns and our research findings, helding a chatbot session and a collective pegadizas DJ session. A PDF publication, alongside with documentation of the rooms and a runrún archive will be shared subsequently as a coda.
*These rooms are a safe space, and no abusive or discriminatory behavior of any kind will be tolerated in these rooms.