Orellana’s Fantasia, 2013

Carlos Amorales
Orellana’s Fantasia, 2013
Black-and-white video with sound 55” LCD monitor
6 minutes
Installation view
In collaboration with Julian Léde
Courtesy of the artist and Kurimanzutto, Mexico City


At the end of the 1960s, Guatemalan composer Joaquin Orellana studied at the Instituto Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a centre for avant-garde music production. He returned to his country with a knowledge of electronic music, only to find that the technology to make this music did not exist there.

In order to continue his work, he built a set of analogue instruments made to sound as if they were electronic. Each instrument is performed following a score written according to his own invented form of notation.

Fascinated by this unusual take on electronic music, Carlos Amorales and musician Julian Léde commissioned Orellana to create his own version of the score for a segment of Walt Disney’s classic animated film Fantasia (1940). The video shows the shadows cast by the composer and his instruments – a new animation that completes Orellana’s composition.


This project was part of Sharjah Biennial 11

In collaboration with Julian Léde