Ignacio Uriarte & Timm Brockmann: a performance with typewriters and synthesizers

26 May 2022

Listen—and watch—Ignacio Uriarte turn typewriters into music machines in this jam session with electronic musician Timm Brockmann on analogue synthesizer and drum machine.

A collateral event of the online exhibition Time Lines: Ignacio Uriarte, the performance has been recorded in the artist’s studio in Berlin by Cristian Flores. 

Ignacio Uriarte uses the typewriter as an unconventional medium in his artistic practice. With his typewriter drawings, he creates images by typing characters repetitively and generating geometric patterns. For his sound pieces, he employs the antique piece of office supply to produce sounds with a musical quality.

As the session here shows, Uriarte ropes the non-musical object into creating different rhythmic sounds — not just the sound of typing, but also of the typewriter’s carriage returning and of paper sheets being hit or torn. While Brockmann plays on an analogue synthesizer and a drum machine, Uriarte operates an electronic and a mechanical typewriter. The result is a musical journey with an emphasis on mechanical and electronic percussive elements.

The performance is presented on the occasion of Time Lines, a hybrid project that presents three online exhibitions and several online and offline collateral events focused on the work of Ignacio Uriarte (18 April – 29 May), Raluca Popa (30 May – 10 July) and Răzvan Anton (11 July – 21 August).

“I have 13 typewriters but 95% of my drawings are made with the same typewriter.” Read more about Uriarte’s use of the machines in this interview for Designist.

Project organised by: Asociația Culturală Eastwards Prospectus

Co-financed by: The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN)

Media Partners: igloo, Curatorial, IQads, Radio România Cultural, Revista ARTA

The project does not necessarily represent the position of the AFCN. The AFCN is neither responsible for the project content nor for the way in which the project results may be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the grant beneficiary.