Reflections on music and propaganda

Video HD / Sound installation, 2017
Stereo, 6:30
Luis Velasco-Pufleau_electroacoustic music
Sergio Santamaría Borges_video
Commisioned and premiered: Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau München, for the exhibition ‘After the Fact. Art, Fiction & Propaganda in the 21st Century’

Regardless of the geopolitical context, the video clips of humanitarian songs show men and women with headphones on, pressed into action by the humanitarian “emergency,” singing in front of microphones in a recording studio to raise funds to rescue the victims. Humanitarian songs can be seen as media-based hymns of liberal democracies, destined to bring together moral communities that are as ephemeral as they powerless.


To know more about this work and its creative process, see:

Luis Velasco-Pufleau, “Critical reflections on music and humanitarian narratives“, Arts & International Affairs, vol. 3, no 2, 2018, p. 25-32. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.18278/aia.3.2.3
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