Luis Velasco-Pufleau (1978, Mexico)

Luis Velasco-Pufleau is a sound artist, electroacoustic music composer and musicologist based in Fribourg and Bern (CH). His artistic practice critically reflects on the relationship between sound, politics and violence in contemporary societies. It includes live performances, sound installations and radio works. In particular, he examines the political dimension of human voices, aural memories and sound events. He has presented his work at international festivals and contemporary art forums, such as Lenbachhaus (Munich), Mixtur (Barcelona), ByPass (Toulouse), sonOhr (Bern), Sound/Image (London) and MACLA (Bordeaux). Luis Velasco-Pufleau holds a PhD in Music and musicology from the Paris-Sorbonne University (2011) and an MA in Arts from the Bordeaux Montaigne University (2006). He has been an artist in residence at Les Subsistances (Lyon), Château des Lumières in Lunéville and SCRIME (University of Bordeaux). In 2015, he was awarded the SACEM Prix d’encouragement for his diploma in electroacoustic composition at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux.

As a sound artist and researcher, Luis Velasco-Pufleau is interested in exploring innovative forms of writing at the crossroads of artistic creation and research in the humanities and social sciences. He is currently a SNSF Spark researcher at the Walter Benjamin Kolleg and Institute of Musicology at the University of Bern. Before joining the University of Bern, he has conducted research at the EHESS (Paris), University of Salzburg, University of Oxford and University of Fribourg. He is the editor of the open access blog Music, Sound and Conflict and an editorial board member of the journal Transposition. Musique et sciences sociales. Luis Velasco-Pufleau is an elected member of the Swiss Young Academy (SYA) and a member of the UNESCO Roster for Culture in Emergencies (UNESCO Rapid Response Mechanism for Culture in Emergencies).

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