In this second programme of Pop Culture Trenches, Elisa McCausland and Diego Salgado analyse the sense of the mainstream culture nowadays, in light of artistic and media phenomenon. ¿Is it still the culture the nexus between consumption and the necessity of expression? ¿Do we still pretend to be aware of reality´s network? ¿Or it is a mixture between proselytism and auto-fiction based on our aspirations?


Entrevista de febrero de 2017 en The Guardian con Emil Ferris, autora de la novela gráfica Lo que más me gusta son los monstruos: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/feb/20/emil-ferris-my-favorite-thing-is-monsters-graphic-novel

Fragmento de la serie de Paolo Sorrentino El joven Papa (2016): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5srLKYRfX9U

Reseña de El entusiasmo, de Remedios Zafra, por Elisa McCausland, para el número 171 de la revista Profesiones: https://issuu.com/unionprofesional/docs/profesiones_n171/47

Entrevista radiofónica en Melodia FM con Alberto Santamaría, autor de En los límites de lo posible: Política, cultura y capitalismo afectivo: https://www.akal.com/media/akal/files/book-attachment-1118.mp3

Perro muerto en tintorería: Los fuertes (2007), texto teatral de Angelica Liddell (pdf, 71 pp.): https://www.ivoox.com/link_i3_1.html?url=https://artesescenicas.uclm.es/archivos_subidos/textos/241/Angelica%20Liddell%20-%20Perro%20muerto%20en%20tintoreria.pdf

What if an illness takes you away the ability to write, read, talk and reason?

In 1983 Octavia E. Butler wrote the science fiction tale “Speech Sounds”. It is an story about an illness which suddenly affects the ability to speak and/or read, write and reason; mainly to right handed and men. In a defeated civilisation, Butler tells the story of Rye, a woman who tries to cross the 20 miles to Pasadena among people whose only reliable forms of communication are groans and violent, obscene and unintelligible gestures.

We based on this feminist science fiction text to create our Radio Show consonni with AZ “Speech Sound”, the last 31st of May inside Prototipoak, the international meeting of new artistic forms curated by Rosa Casado and Mike Brookes.

We invited different people to read, listen, interpret, analyse, draw, sing and dance this chilling inspirational text by a must-read author for feminist science fiction and afrofuturism. Within the context of feminism, anthropology, psychology, sociology, radio theatre, berstolaritza (Basque improvised poetry), activism, dance, music, sign language, and performance, etc.


Prerecorded voices, voices without body, Sonia Fernández Pan´s voice (researcher and creator of the editorial project Esnorquel), the voice of Octavia Butler herself, a radio version of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Em (Zaragoza), the voice of the translator and specialist in feminist science fiction Carla Bataller and the voice of Valeria Surcis from Radio Vallekas.


Analytic and rational voices take shape in this second part with the professor and researcher Iñaki Martínez de Albeniz, the feminist and social worker Hilaria Vianeke and the journalist and feminist activist Irantzu Varela. The intermedia artist Jonathan García a.k.a. Tunipanea, provides a sonorous intervention in which he translate words into a sonorous space. Also we have the version of the second part of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Fm (Zaragoza).


The sociologist and specialist in Donna Haraway and Ursula K. Leguin, Helen Torres analyses and contextualises the text in relation to other authors; the bertsolari (Basque improvised poetry) Nerea Ibarzabal sings the text, the choreographer Eulàlia Bergadà with the musician Marc Naya and the collective Horman Poster with the Senegalese musician and dancer MBaye Sene, dance the text. We have the version of the third part of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Fm (Zaragoza).


Voices disappear, as on the world Butler describes; there are only gesticulator bodies, screams, noises but no analytic voices. We close with the illustrator and painter Pablo Gallo painting blindly, the musical project Okkre by the compositor Uge Pañeda (in collaboration with Eomac), the dancer and choreographer Bea Fernández and the performer Myriam Rzm. Lastly, the version of the fourth part of the story by the radio-school Radio Tea Fm (Zaragoza).


Inside the Radio Show consonni with AZ, Miguel Deza, Stel García and Chusé Fernández from the radio-school TEA FM realised this version of the story “Speech Sounds” for the radio.


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Video of the Radio Show by Bufalo Produkzioak


From the bosom of the editorial consonni, it starts up a new radio experience: Pop Culture Trenches, podcasts in which the critics Elisa McCausland and Diego Salgado tackle different sides of mainstream culture. As its tittle says, Superheros, Superproducts, this first programme is dedicated to the boom of superheroes have had in audio-visual productions. Recently, the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War has become a global hit. Diego and Elisa question themselves about thematic, expressive and economic keys of this phenomenon, already analysed by them and many other journalists and essayists. Some of them are quoted in this podcast; so that we attach a bibliography below.


Debate en torno a las formas del audiovisual contemporáneo de superhéroes (2016), Elisa McCausland y Diego Salgado: https://cuadernosdecomic.com/docs/revista6/Debate%20en%20torno%20a%20las%20formas%20del%20audiovisual%20contemporaneo%20de%20superheroes.pdf

El superhéroe en el diván (2016), Elisa McCausland: https://www.diagonalperiodico.net/culturas/30334-capitan-america-civil-war-superheroe-divan.html

El nuevo cine de superhéroes (2016), Diego Salgado: https://www.cineparaleer.com/punto-de-vista/item/1889-el-nuevo-cine-de-superheroes

Superheroes Aren’t Modern Myths (They’re Melodramas) (2016), Noah: https://randomnerds.com/superheroes-arent-modern-myths-theyre-melodramas/

The Hollywood superhero as brand manager: an allegory of intellectual property (2016), Ezra Claverie: https://www.ejumpcut.org/archive/jc57.2016/-ClaverieSuperheroIP/index.html

Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno, and the critique of pop culture (2014), Alex Ross: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/15/naysayers

The Meaning of Superhero Comic Books (2012), T.R. Wandtke https://zodml.org/sites/default/files/%5BTerrence_R._Wandtke%5D_The_Meaning_of_Superhero_Com.pdf


The last 22nd of March we celebrated our first Radio Shown consonni with Azkuna Zentroa of the year.

In this cause we tackled the relation between radio and art from different perspectives. Miguel Álvarez Fernandez (Ars Sonora) managed the session with Alberto de la Hoz as technician; Anna Ramos (Radio Web MACBA), José Luis Espejo (Radio Reina Sofía y Mediateletipos.net), the (in)dependent curator and investigator Sonia Fernández Pan (Esnorquel), Juan Jesús Torres (Radio BiB-Rambla), the artist Amaia Urra, the poetess and researcher María Salgado and the composer and multidisciplinary artist José Iges. Leire Palacios will give voice to the questions and reflections of the public.

Different professionals analysed this dialogue between radio and art from different perspectives and practises: podcasting, sound art, radio art, radios from art institutions, free radios, cultural criticism… It will be a great opportunity to enjoy sound pieces, performances and live talks.

Some radios broadcasted the radio show. Such as, Casares Irratia (Donostia), TEA FM (Zaragoza) and Radio Vallekas (Madrid).

Also, virtually we listened to the sonorous artist and producer Xabier Erkizia, the journalist, critic and researcher Elisa McCausland, Chusé Fernández from Tea Fm and Toña Median from La Sonidera.

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Saturday 7th October Azkuna Zentroa held the second Radio Show of consonni in 2017. A live radio programme with public and online broadcasting based on Lucy R. Lippard´s Yo veo/ Tú significas(consonni, 2016).

The journalist Leire Palacios managed the session, Alberto de la Hoz handled the technical part with Raúl Fernández De Pinedo and Ainhoa M-P Marcotegui as video technicians.

It was an opportunity to enjoy new musical, stage and sonorous works created for the occasion in order to re-interpret the book chapters. And it took the form of a group reading the novel from different views. We had the musician Mursego, artists Mabi Revuelta (with Matxalen de Pedro and Otto Castro), Elena Aitzkoa and Macarena Recuerda Shepherd, dancer & choreographer Idurre Azkue, performer & dance critic Jaime Conde Salazar, art critic Peio Aguirre, DJ Oleaktiff, writers Silvia Nanclares and Kattalin Miner, architect Oihane Ruíz ( in collaboration with Maria Arnal and Marcel Bagés), photographer David Hornback, art critic & researcher Paloma Checa-Gismero (via audio) and the musicologist & researcher Agnès Pe.

LOG I. ABCDEF David Hornback´s re-reading 

LOG II. ABDE Macarena Recuerda and Idurre Azkue´s re-reading

LOG III. A (with D) Kattalin Miner´s re-reading

LOG IV. D Mabi Revuelta´s re-reading with the colaboration of Matxalen de Pedro and Otto Castro

LOG V. E (WITH D, WITH B) Jaime Conde Salazar´s re-reading

LOG VI. EVERYBODY Agnès Pe´s re-reading

LOG VII. B (AND A) Elena Aitzkoa´s re-reading

LOG VIII. AQD Silvia Nanclares´s re-reading

LOG IX. AQED Peio Aguirre´s re-reading

LOG X. PROJECTIONS Oihane Ruiz´s re-reading


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Video by Egoi Markaida: