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Juan-Jose Guerra-Valiente

MA Fine Art

My research seeks to explore the concepts of time and space in the oeuvre of the composer Pierre Boulez, with the aim of engaging with his musical ideas and writings through visual arts. In particular, it privileges the notions of the Smooth, Striated and Fixed time-space that I have explored and shaped through the drawings included in this project. The methodology employed comprises the creation of a series of drawings using traditional techniques (in this case graphite on paper), combined with computer aided design in order to approach these concepts. Thus, the final goal of this study is to contribute to the understanding of Boulez’s music and writings, through my personal interpretive practice.

Furthermore, the study relies on the analogies between musical and visual ideas and processes, which represent a central aspect in Boulez’s music and theory throughout his career. This was significantly developed by the philosopher Gilles Deleuze, who in his article ‘Boulez, Proust and Time: “Occupying without Counting”’, refers to Boulez´s music as an attempt to ‘capture the forces of time and render it sonorous’. Similar in principle, through the practice of drawing I have tried to capture the forces of time and render it visible.

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– Juan-Jose Guerra-Valiente, 2014

Drawing

– Juan-Jose Guerra-Valiente, 2014

Drawing

– Juan-Jose Guerra-Valiente, 2014

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