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Hugo Esquinca + Yuk Hui


For Hugo Esquinca, sound intervention and research turns in on itself with defined aspects presenting unrepeatable results. At Cashmere Radio, he explored sound’s frailty – how live processing affects the composition being simultaneously created. Last year at Sonic Acts he considered localisation through programming and spatial resonance. He comes back with a multichannel compositional intervention of (dis)organised accidents in spectral synthesis called On A Psychedelic Becoming, in collaboration with Yuk Hui. 

Yuk Hui appears at Sonic Acts with another strong collaboration with sound artist Hugo Esquinca, inspired by the author’s 2019 book Recursivity and Contingency in which robots are not a way out of life but a reassertion of it. Witness the clash of happy accidents that result in Esquinca’s multichannel composition On A Psychedelic Becoming that takes Hui’s introduction as title.

Sound artist Hugo Esquincas research as intervention/​intervention as research in sound explores different degrees of exposure to thresholds of indeterminacy, spectral de-gradation, erratic processing techniques and excessive levels of amplification. At Sonic Acts he presented his sound piece Deformation Studies on Dimension and Structure for Fifteen Point Three (2019), which considered localisation through audio, programming modulations and spatial resonance. This year he performs On A Psychedelic Becoming, a multichannel compositional intervention of (dis)organised accidents in spectral synthesis, stochastic grain modulation and indeterminate fluctuations in DSP and amplification based on the introduction of Yuk Hui’s book Recursivity and Contingency. His work has been executed in different contexts such as Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, National Centre for Contemporary Arts in Moscow, Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Berghain. 


Yuk Hui studied Computer Engineering and Philosophy at the University of Hong Kong and Goldsmiths, University of London, with a focus on philosophy of technology. He currently teaches at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimarand is a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. He has published and edited many publications, the most recent being Recursivity and Contingency (2019).