Juan Sorrentino created two sound installations during his residency at the Estufa Fria de Lisboa.


Departing from the performance MOTTO (sound backpacks) this new work continues Sorrentino’s research into the modulation of sound by movement and reflection from different surfaces. The effect of Giro results from the rotation of the cones on the rafts that direct the sound to a single point .

In this constant, but often wind affected movement, these sound rafts give us a new conception of space and time. This movement modulates the frequencies of the WHITE NOISE playing through the loudspeakers and also follows its emergence and disappearance, just like the waves of the sea.

This sound reminds us about water, filters through the plants and invades the space of Estufa Fria, which is daily watered by a sprinkler system that rotates and sprays water to the leaves and roots. It is as if this new irrigation of frequencies tries to speak with the nature of sound and merge with its surroundings.


This work lies somewhere between fact and mystery. On one hand, this work is elementary, while on the other, in its limiting gesture, it is mysterious. Juan Sorrentino places a cube decorated with tiles within Estufa Fria. This cube vibrates to the sound of a bit at 47 hertz. Over time, the vibration slowly destroys the tiles.

The vibrations can be felt in our chest, as if an earthquake is present, but as we approach the cube, the mistery starts to unravel. If we take some time in front of it, we will be seduced by its vibration, a vibration that seems to come from an underground secret place, felt within our own chest while pulsating from inside the cube.

In this version of Tile for Lisboa Soa, Sorrentino worked with the traditional tiles of Lisbon.