Ricardo Dal Farra, Concordia University
The meaning of life. The meaning of the things we do.
The direction in which we move… where we are going.
Complications and complexities that are smoothed out with the passing, in one way or another, for the good, for the bad sometimes. Time is a fiction that surprises us.
After the action, the startles, the interventions and the infinite searches, the reflection, and a step after the previous one, among the thousands of the road.
Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra (Buenos Aires, 1957) is a composer and new media artist, educator, historian, and curator working in the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology. He is a Professor at the Music Department of Concordia University, Canada (http://goo.gl/SeuhUx) and founder-director of the Electronic Arts Experimentation and Research Centre – CEIARTE of the National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina.
He has been researcher and consultant on electroacoustic music and media arts history for UNESCO, France; director of the Hexagram Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies, Canada; associated researcher of the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre at De Montfort University, in the UK; senior consultant of the Amauta – Andean Media Arts Centre in Cusco, Peru; coordinator of the international research alliance DOCAM – Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage; and director of the Multimedia Communication national program at the Federal Ministry of Education, Argentina.
Dal Farra has presented his sound-art, electroacoustic and visual-music works in more than 40 countries, and recordings of his pieces are published in 23 international editions (including CDs by Computer Music Journal and Leonardo Music Journal, by MIT Press). Among others, he received awards and commissions from the Sao Paulo International Arts Biennale, Brazil; the National Endowment for the Arts, Argentina, the Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, France; the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale of the University of Padua, Italy; and the International Computer Music Association.
Funded by The Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology of Montreal, he created the largest collection publicly available of Latin American Electroacoustic Music, including a database with over 2,000 recordings of works digitally preserved, composed 1957-2007 by almost 400 composers, and +200,000 words (http://www.fondation-langlois.org/html/e/page.php?NumPage=556).
Dal Farra is founder-director of the international conference series Understanding Visual Music – UVM (held in Canada, Argentina, and Brazil), and founder-director of the international conference series Balance-Unbalance (held in Argentina, Canada, Australia, United States, Colombia, the UK, and The Netherlands) on how the media arts could contribute to solving the environmental crisis (http://balance-unbalance2018.org). He also has been leading art-science projects, like the three editions of the sound-art international contest organized with the Red Cross Climate Centre, and designed multiple art-science-technology educational programs.
Dr. Dal Farra was the artistic director of the Mexican electronic arts biennale Transitio in 2015, and a guest keynote at Congreso Internacional de Humanidades Digitales (2016) and SIGRaDi – Ibero-American Digital Graphic (2016), held in Argentina, and HDRio – I Congresso Internacional em Humanidades Digitais (2018), held in Brazil. He is an active member of several editorial boards: Leonardo/ISAST (MIT Press, USA), Organised Sound (Cambridge Press, UK), Journal of Research on Music Education (ADOMU, Argentina), Resonancias – Musical Research Journal (Catholic University of Chile), and organizations such as: Electroacoustic Music Studies Network, Colegio Latinoamericano de Compositores de Música de Arte, and Earth-to-the-Earth. He is also a member of the board of the Fulldome Festival (Jena, Germany), and ISEA International, formerly the International Society for the Electronic Arts. https://www.facebook.com/ricardo.d.farra