Paula Schopf

Photo Udo Siegfriedt

Paula Schopf


field recordings, electronics, video (2021/22, UA) 24′
video – Eduardo Velásquez (Magallanes, CL)

Friday 8 July, 2022
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For »Magallanes IV« the artist travelled to Patagonia several times, specifically, to the Magallanes region during a 2019 artist residency, to concentrate critically on the history of the region and the different perspectives and experiences of the people who live there. Her focus here was on the European colonization beginning in the middle of the 19th century and the resulting near-extinction of the indigenous peoples of Patagonia including their culture and language. The violent character of the European expansion can be seen with special cruelty in Patagonia. The still virgin nature and the non-western native population paid the ultimate price in the end and continue to do so today. Together with musician Eduardo Velásquez (video), who is based in Punta Arenas, Paula Schopf worked on the sound material for »Magallanes IV« from field recordings and the synthetic sounds of analog synthesizers in which voices, ambient sounds, interviews, and texts are integrated homogenously. The sonic material flows without narrative limitations, with frequency ranges that emerge and shift, condensed into what is essential. The individual components appear in the sonic flow with differing intensity. Complex relationships arise from simultaneity, interference, conflict, and correspondence.

Paula Schopf is a Chilean artist and has been active as a DJ and musician for over 20 years under the stage name Chica Paula. Upon invitation from the German artist Gudrun Gut, she joined the Berlin artist collective Ocean Club. Her productions have appeared since 2003 on the Berlin label Monika Enterprise. Together with the musician Max Loderbauer, Schopf recorded her first album »42 Mädchen« in 2003, followed by »Under The Balcony« in 2007. To this day, she produces remixes for bands and artists such as Donna Regina and Hauschka. Paula Schopf works with electronic sounds, utilizing soundscapes and field recordings as aesthetic and compositional source material. The detailed examination of sound in urban spaces and its inherent social, historical, and political realities has become her main interest. Paula Schopf lives in Berlin.

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