Resonaciones. Un abrazo para despertar

An Embrace to Awake

17 Nov 2023
25 Feb 2024
ifa Gallery Stuttgart
Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart

Sound connection between Stuttgart and Peru

What happens when sounds from the past touch the present? Resonaciones begins by awakening the sounds and frequencies made by whistling vessels from the Andean Moche culture, held at the Linden Museum Stuttgart. They are brought to life by the artists Nicole L’Huillier and Francisca Gili, under the guidance of the Mochica healer and cultural activist Karen Urcia.

Through processes of listening and the sensory reception of these sounds, and of transformation and imagination, the ifa Gallery becomes an immersive soundscape. The centuries-old technology of the whistling vessels, with their ability to communicate with non-human life forms is combined with today’s technologies – including artificial intelligence.

Question colonial past and present

In a gesture of returning, the sounds will travel to Huaca de la Luna (Temple of the Moon) in Peru, which is a key site for Moche culture, providing an impulse to ask new questions concerning the colonial past and present and also to look for traces of the dawn of a new age and spaces of the future.

Artistic and curatorial ensemble:

Nicole L’Huillier (artist), Francisca Gili (artist and anthropologist), Carolina Arévalo (curator), Bettina Korintenberg (curator)
Guided by Karen Urcia Arroyo (Mochica healer and cultural activist)
With contributions by: Gabriel Rossell Santillán (artist), Luis A. Muro Ynoñán (archaeologist), Manaswi Mishra (artist and researcher)
In constellation with Bienal de Artes Mediales, Santiago de Chile
Collaboration partner: Linden-Museum Stuttgart


16 November 2023, Opening Ceremony

Thursday, 16 November, 19:00 - 21:00

Short introduction to the exhibition in the ifa Gallery with the curators and artists

DJ-Set, 20:30
Theory (LAFmusik)

See Exhibition Opening

18 November 2023, Lecture-Performance

Saturday, 18 November 2023, 19:00 - 20:00 

Expanded Ontologies Lecture-Performance with Francisca Gili, Nicole L’Huillier and Karen Urcia 

In a lecture performance the two artists Francisca Gili and Nicole L’Huillier will present insights from their encounter with the whistling vessels from the collection of the Linden Museum, sharing their experimental artistic process of registering and reactivating sounds frequencies, and traces of the life of these clay beings. This process was guided by the Mochica healer and activist Karen Urcia.

To the Lecture-Performance


24 November 2023, Art Talks and Guided Tours

Friday, 24 November, 16:30 - 17:00 each time
Friday, 01 December 2023
Thursday, 04 January 2024
Friday, 12 January 2024

Art talks and guided tours through the exhibition. For guided tours with special conditions for visually impaired and blind people, please register with Stefanie Alber via e-mail at ifa-galerie-stuttgart(at)

To the event

10 December 2023, Family Art Sunday

Sunday, 10 December 2023, 10:30 - 12:30

in cooperation with JuKuS Stuttgart

Inspired by the sounds of the exhibition, small, reflective objects are created that make the world appear differently and also cut a fine figure on the Christmas tree. For children from 5 years old accompanied.

Please register with Stefanie Alber via e-mail at ifa-galerie-stuttgart(at)

To the workshop

13 December 2023, Motion Workshop

Wednesday, 13 December 2023, 18:00 - 19:30
Wednesday, 31 January 2024, 18:00 - 19:30

After an encounter with the works of the exhibition, the sonic and motoric expressions of human bodies are experienced. Davorin Strauss and Johanna Fricke, dance teachers and body explorers, will introduce the world of movement through easy and scenic sessions.

No previous experience necessary, comfortable clothing.

Please register with Valérie Hammerbacher via e-mail at ifa-galerie-stuttgart(at)

To the workshop

20 January 2024, Film screening

Saturday, 20 January 2024, 17:00 - 18:30

This year's edition of Field Notes of the Planetary focuses on the idea of "waterscapes": The 16mm projection "La Source de la Loire" (2021) by French-Peruvian artist Rose Lowder explores the course and source of the river Loire. This will be followed by the experimental film "Waterfall" (1984) by Arthur and Corinne Cantrill, which creates a hypnotic space based on the ever shifting shapes of water.

Followed by a conversation in the exhibition gallery with Florian Fischer (film curator) and Bettina Korintenberg (exhibition curator)

In cooperation with 37. Stuttgarter Filmwinter

To the Film screening

09 February 2024, Listening session

Friday, 09 February 2024, 17:00 - 18:00

Sounds and (re)arrangements of the dynamic and ever-evolving sonic archive started for the exhibition with the artist Nicole L’Huillier.

An artificial intelligence system brings together in a constant flow of imagination sounds from ancient whistling vessels with sounds from Andean earthquake data, local water streams, as well as with visitors' voices and other sonic textures.

To the Listening session

09 February 2024, Lecture

Friday, 09 February 2024, 18:30 - 19:30

"Healing, Decoloniality and Relational Aesthesis" by Rolando Vázquez

This talk by decolonial thinker and teacher Rolando Vázquez will explore how decolonial aesthesis engages with the worlds that have been silenced, and brings them into the memorial presence, renders their silences and their voices present again.

To the lecture

Opening Hours – ifa Gallery Stuttgart

Tuesday – Sunday: 12.00 – 18.00
Closed on Mondays and holidays.

Free admission


ifa Galleries

The ifa Galleries show the visual arts, architecture and design of a globalized world. They have been addressing contemporary art and current cultural and socio-political developments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe since 1971 in Stuttgart and since 1991 in Berlin. Exhibition series afford insight into art scenes all over the world and reach across national borders. Conversations, lectures and discussions allow visitors direct contact with artists and curators.

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