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Victor Ballesteros

Víctor Ballesteros’ previous audio work Tropele (2010/2012) was included in the compilation triple-CD 7, 8, and 9 published by MAC and CFRO Co-op Radio in 2013. He received a Master of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is currently completing a Diploma in Art History in the department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia. His work has most recently been exhibited at the AHVA Gallery and the Pacific Cinémathèque in Vancouver, Canada.

The source material for Loreto Trek (2016) was an architectural study composed of a series of digital sound recordings made by the artist inside the church Santa María de Loreto in Achao, Chile, in December 2014. This church, built in the mideighteenth- century using local cypress, ulmo, maniu, coigüe, and larch wood, originally employed a complex system of woodbased connections, joints, and fittings designed to hold the different parts of the structure together. Initially no metallic nails were used in the construction of the church, which has a noted influence of boat-building techniques. The flexibility of the primary materials employed, and the age of the construction among other variables, produces distinct reverberations as people interact with and move through the building. In the final audio composition creaks, squeaks, hums, and other noises coming from the human-activated benches, stairs, doors, and floor have been isolated and re-arranged through cutting, layering, stereo panning, and volume control using audio editing software. Additional sounds coming from the visitors, such as cell-phone rings have also been introduced in the final work. The re-articulation of different bits of audio in the stereo field complicates the original recorded distance between the microphone and the source of the sound, asking the audience to constantly locate themselves in relation to the sounds they are hearing as well as to question their provenance.