Can we change direction?

Ricardo Dal Farra (Concordia University, Montreal, CA).

“We are living in a world reaching a critical point where the equilibrium between a healthy environment, the energy our society needs to maintain or improve this lifestyle and the interconnected economies could pass more quickly than expected from the current complex balance to a complete new reality where unbalance would be the rule and human beings would need to be as creative as never before to survive. Environmental problems, economic uncertainty and political complexity have been around for a long time. What was different before was the speed and depth of transformations compared with today’s sudden changes. The frequent occurrence and severity that certain weather and climate-related events are having around us is increasing, and the ability of human beings on modifying adjacent surroundings as well as distant places have turn into a power capable of altering the planet […] The arts could play a major part in helping the global society to understand the magnitude of the crisis we are facing, and in promoting the awareness around environmental matters. it could also be a very good vehicle to disseminate proposals able produce changes in our behavior and decisions, influencing our chances for the future. Artists could promote inter and transdisciplinary actions focusing on our responsibility regarding the turning point we are living in defining the future of -human- life on Earth.”


Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra is the founder of Balance Unbalance.

He has been conducting activities in the merging fields of arts, sciences and new technologies as a composer and multimedia artist, researcher, educator, performer and curator focusing mainly on electroacoustic music and new media arts for more than 25 years. Dr. Dal Farra holds a PhD in Etudes et pratiques des arts from Université du Québec à Montréal.

He has presented his music, new media works, research and educational developments at institutions such as Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics, New York University, Dartmouth College, The Julliard School of Music and Brooklyn College in the United States; the University of Brasilia and Itaú Cultural in Brazil; the National Conservatory of Music of La Paz in Bolivia; the University of Puerto Rico; the University of Manchester and De Montfort University in the United Kingdom; Festival Internacional de la Imagen iand Museo Nacional in Colombia; International Festival of Modern Art in Ukraine; Festival Latinoamericano de Música in Venezuela; International Audio Visueel Experimenteel Festival in The Netherlands; International Festival of Contemporary Music in Turkey; Symposium on Music and Computers in Greece; Colloquio di Informatica Musicale in Italy; Computer Music Festival in Korea; Colegio de Compositores Latinoamericanos de Música de Arte in Mexico; National Museum of Contemporary Art in Norway; Universidad Católica, UNIACC University and ARCIS University in Chile; NYYD in Estonia; University of Sydney in Australia; Stockholmsfestivalen För ElektroAkustisk Musik in Sweden; Teatro Colón, Espacio Fundación Telefónica and National Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Argentina; Ontario College of Art & Design and The Banff Centre in Canada; and UNESCO and IRCAM in France.

Dr. Dal Farra’s work has been distinguished with grants and commissions by the International Computer Music Association, the International Arts Biennial of San Pablo, Brazil, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Rostrum of Composers from Argentina, the Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges, France, and the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale from the University of Padua in Italy, among others.

Dr. Dal Farra is also the Founding Director of Centro de Experimentación e Investigación en Artes Electrónicas – CEIArtE (Electronic Arts Experimenting and Research Centre) at National University of Tres de Febrero, Argentina; Associated Researcher at the Music, Technology and Innovation Research Centre, De Montfort Univerisity, United Kingdom; and Senior Consultant for the Amauta – Andean Media Arts Centre in Cusco, Peru. He has been national Coordinator of the Multimedia Communication program at the National Ministry of Education and Director of the Estudio de Música Electroacústica (Electroacoustic Music Lab) in Argentina; Research/Creation Coordinator of the Hexagram interuniversity consortium and Coordinator of the Documentation and Conservation of the Media Arts Heritage (DOCAM) international research alliance in Canada. He also also has been consultant for organizations such as: The MIT Press in the US, the interuniversity project No2s in Chile; and consultant and researcher at The Daniel Langlois Foundation in Canada and UNESCO (Digi-Arts), France.

Dr. Dal Farra’s recent research projects have been focused on documentation and preservation of the electroacoustic music heritage, multimedia communication and educational resources, digital arts resources and virtual communities, as well as composition and media arts creation.

Balance-Unbalance 2017

Balance-Unbalance (BunB)
is an International Conference designed to use art as a catalyst to explore intersections between NATURE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY and SOCIETY as we move into an era of both unprecedented ecological threats and transdisciplinary possibilities.

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