We had the good fortune of connecting with Alba Triana and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alba, what are you inspired by?
My work emerges from a deep interest in nature, which inspires me in all its forms. I’m in especial awe with that minuscule and intangible “universe”—comprised of waves, particles, energy—which contains truths that apply to absolutely everything. That’s why, I use my artistic practice as a vehicle to understand and connect with the natural world at a fundamental level. This allows me to explore how nature intrinsically operates, to examine its creative methods, behaviors and properties, and to reveal its often overlooked poetic qualities.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally.
I refer to myself as a sound artist. However, I use not only sound, but also different forms of vibration and energy—such as light, different types of waves, electromagnetism—to create musically conceived, hybrid artworks. My pieces take a variety of forms, including sound and light sculptures, vibrational objects, acoustic resonating spaces. These are works that express in both space and time, that are heard, walk-through, and seen. I work in a holistic, cross-disciplinary fashion, at the intersection of art, science and technology. My pieces usually don’t fit the traditional artistic categories such as music, visual arts, not even sound art. Of course, it’s an unusual way of understanding and creating art/music. This is one of the things that excites me the most about what I do but, at the same time, it’s what makes it more difficult. Art institutions tend to be highly specialized. They reluctantly evolve, based on trends that are already “approved”, and have difficulties adapting to the rapid changes in today’s world. I’m proud of being an independent artists. Also, I feel grateful for the immense love and respect I have for my practice. This gives me the strength to focus on creating the art I believe in, without making compromises; to strive to challenge existing paradigms, respond to our time, and dare to envision a radically new future.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Besides the obvious South Beach’s stunning Art Deco District walks: Cavalier hotel, Cardozo, Leslie, The Tides, The Carlyle, Versace Mansion “Villa”, former Tiffany, Essex House, Clevelander, Delano and more… I would make sure they would visit a Botanica in Little Haiti, ride the river with History Miami Museum’s tour, and see the Butterfly Conservatory at the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden. I would also take them to a New World Symphony wallcast concert, and to the Rubell Museum.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shout out to my family. When I was little, my mom made huge efforts to provide me with a solid education, emphasizing music, the arts, and sciences. She dared to put me in a highly experimental school, where most of the classes were related to artistic expression. Even though she was busy, working very hard to support both of us, she always made sure I rigorously attended the conservatory, art workshops and cultural activities. I also received a strong input from my grandfather—whom I adored—he was a poet and cultural promoter. My father also inculcated in me the love for music. Later on, life presented me with huge challenges. I was able to overcome them and to keep an independent creative practice, thanks to the the love and support that I received from my mom and my dedicated husband.
Name image file: IC7A3462-Edit Caption: Alba’s photo with a shell Photo: Andrés Henao Name image file: 2019_DeliriousFields Caption: Delirious Fields Suspended spheres in variable electromagnetic fields, 2019 Photo: Alba Triana Studio Name image file: 2018_MOABSR Caption: Music on a Bound String and Resonating Tubes Visible and audible sound installation, 2018 Photo: Anastasia Samoylova Name image file: 2016_Microcosmos Caption: Microcosmos Vibrational sculpture | installation, 2016 Photo: Alba Triana Studio Name image file: 2016_2018_Poly Caption: Polyphotony Visible sound and light installation, 2016 Photo: Ernesto Monsalve Name image file: 2015_Moabs2_detail2 Caption: Music on a Bound String No. 2 (reflecting light) Visible sound and light sculpture | installation, 2015 Photo: Ernesto Monsalve Name image file: 2015_Moabs1_detail 1 Caption: Music on a Bound String No. 1 (natural light) Visible sound sculpture, 2015 Photo: Bernardo Olmos Name image file: 2011_Sonorama Caption: Sonorama Interactive musical installation, 2011 Photo: Ernesto Monsalve Name image file: 2009 _SoundingScore Caption: Sounding Score Interactive virtual book | installation, 2009 Photo: Oscar Monsalve