Vis.[un]necessary force_1.01 V.[u]nf_1.01
Luz María Sánchez (MX)
interactive sound installation, 2017

May 15 – Jul 28, 2019

V. [u]nf_1.01 is a multi-channel asynchronous collaborative sound-installation addresses the subject of violence in Mexico from the citizen’s perspective. Sounds come from shootings that people accidentally chanced upon, recorded with their cellphones and posted on YouTube. V.[u]nf_1.01 is a sonic real-recorded space transformed into an imagined realm of overwhelming violence. The data and audio collected forms the body of the work. The installation includes information about the sources of sounds, maps and detailed descriptions of the incidents. Sound sources [loudspeakers] are installed inside purpose-made gun-shaped [Caracal F 9×19 mm] sculptural forms produced by means of the additive method-3D printing. V.[u]nf_1.01 is a participatory installation in terms of production because the sound data were generated by multiple individuals, who in this way contributed to the work, and in terms of audience experience, as the viewers decide how the installation is “used”. The way in which the work is experienced depends on the interactive behaviors of particular viewers. Data and sound—the archive—can be accessed online at, where the visitor also should engage to activate sounds.

Luz María Sánchez (MX) is a transdisciplinary artist, researcher, and academic. Sánchez’s work operates in the political sphere with themes like the Mexican Diaspora, violence in the Americas, and the failure of the Nation-State. Her sound works and installations have been included in major sound and music festivals and in museums and galleries in Europe and the Americas. She activated her work V.[u]nf.1_01 at ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany) where she was a keynote at ISACS 17 – International Sound Art Curating Conference Series, curated by Peter Weibel and Morten Søndergaard (September 2017), and at Goldsmiths University of London, as part of the Sound of Memory Symposium organized by Goldsmiths and Whitechapell Gallery (April 2017).