Visual Listening (CN, AQ, EC, US)

People deducing the figures I draw by only using their audition.

Visual Listening, The Great Wall of China (part 1) from ARIEL BUSTAMANTE on Vimeo.


Two children are seated on chairs one in front of the other, there is a table between them with a white paper in the middle. One kid have a black crayon, the other one is blindfolded and have a multicolor crayon box.

After the work is done it´ll be possible to see how tuned the blind listener was, by comparing how the color lines differ from the black ones. The works can be signed by the kid and exhibited.

Experimental Art Studio, Beijing, China

Visual Listening, Experimental Art Studio Beijing, China. (part 1) from ARIEL BUSTAMANTE on Vimeo.

Visual Listening, Experimental Art Studio Beijing, China. (part 2) from ARIEL BUSTAMANTE on Vimeo.


In this version, we performed the exercise within the city of New York in a very noisy steel bridge.

we locate ourselves at the center of the bridge, bellow us there was a two way highway, from our position we could hear the sounds in a vertical manner. (the sound of the cars going up were heard in the left ear and the ones going down in the right ear)

Above us, the intense sound of the metro train passed through us horizontally from side to side, from left to the right ear and the other way round. we were in the center of a sonic cross.

Visual Listening, New York from ARIEL BUSTAMANTE on Vimeo.

Visual Listening, Antarctica

Stillness and quietness are common features in the continent of Antartica,
deep inside the continent the lack of audible organic life allows a unique sensation of silence, moreover the dense snow acts as a natural sponge of sound.
All of this creates a unique acoustic space, abstracts conditions that we have never experienced.

Our listener (Gabriel del Favero) can only hear by his right ear, therefore his spatial orientation results to be inexact but not totally incorrect.

Visual Listening, Antarctica from ARIEL BUSTAMANTE on Vimeo.



Visual Listening 2009, Equatorial Imaginary Line (The Middle of The World), Ecuador.
We locate ourselves at the middle of the imaginary line so both left and right ears would be “listening at different earth hemispheres”
The listener is a tourist we met in the place of the experiment.

Visual Listening, The Middle of the World, Ecuador. from ARIEL BUSTAMANTE on Vimeo.

this version of the experiment was performed In the quiet Amazonic Forest of Ecuador.

it seems that one of the key factors to “match the lines” is concentration,
Here, the listener was impressively precise.

Visual Listening, Amazonas, Ecuador from ARIEL BUSTAMANTE on Vimeo.