Invisible Auto Sacramental
scenography and exhibition design, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, ES
Collaboration with Lluís Alexandre Casanovas Blanco and Matteo Caro.
Filmmaker José Val del Omar (Granada, 1904 - Madrid, 1982) began to work on the sound piece Invisible Auto Sacramental in 1949. The work was conceived as a sound installation, a spatial artifact especially designed for a script that distributed sound (either in the form of voices, music, or noise) through a total of fourteen speakers.
This proposal anticipated some of the aesthetic ideas that, during the 1960s, led to the coining of the expression “sound art.” As part of a team conforme by flamenco artist Niño de Elche and music composer Miguel Álvarez–Fernández, we have reenacted the partial presentation that took place of this work within the auditorium of the Instituto de Cultura Hispánica in Madrid in 1952.
The show Invisible Auto Sacramental. A sound representation based on Val del Omar synthesizes theatrical, musical and installation components. The performance proposed by Niño de Elche revisits the original screenplay through a plurality of voices oriented simultaneously to its original context, 1952’s Spain, as well as the contemporary reenactment of this work at the Reina Sofía Museum in 2020-21.
pictures by José Hevia.