Combining music and sculpture, the visible and the discreet, Remo Schnyder’s work in «SACO9 – Now or Never» is an invitation for the viewer to play with the sculptural potential of existing structures and reinterpret them. Entitled «Somewhere, Sometime», the sculpture reflects Remo Schnyder’s excitement with the winds of Antofagasta, where the artist takes over the vertical space with strings attached to the ground, producing complex chords that translate the specific properties of the wind of the north of Chile. Alongside the exhibition, Schnyder also presented a workshop for local children to teach them how to make string instruments.
The Contemporary Art Festival, SACO, is held annually since 2012 in the region of Antofagasta, in northern Chile, immersed in the Atacama Desert, the driest place in the world. In its ninth edition, one of its main exhibitions is «Now or never», the result of an international open call to which nearly 200 artists from the five continents applied, and from which seven artists were invited to mount their site-specific into Puerto Antofagasta, Sitio Cero, which will host these works on its 5,000 m2 of surface area.
SACO9 is curated by Dagmara Wyskiel, with support by ESCONDIDA | BHP.
About Remo Schnyder
Remo Schnyder studied music at HKB Bern and FHNW Basel. He has received 1st prize in the Léopold Bellan Music Competition, Paris, and 2nd prize in the Nicati Competition, Bern. His artistic interest focuses on interdisciplinary experimental forms that combine sound and space. His own compositions, mixing music and landscape, have been performed, for example, at the Rümlingen Festival, in Switzerland. As a creator, he is part of the groups «Âme Sèche», «unorthodox jukebox collective», and has a duo in the performance area with the visual artist Camila Lucero. As a saxophonist, he worked with the composers Daniel Ott, Heinz Holliger and Georg Friedrich Haas, whose works he premiered. Schnyder has given concerts in several countries in Europe and Asia. He has been a professor at the University of the Arts in Zurich since 2019.