Gilles Aubry is an artist, musician, and researcher based in Lausanne and Berlin. He holds an MA in Sound Art from the Berlin University of the Arts (UDK) and a PhD in social anthropology from the Bern University. His work explores sound and listening as embodied, social, aesthetic, and ecological practice. His installations, films, live performances and compositions have been presented in numerous art exhibitions, film festivals, and music venues. Aubry’s book Sawt, Bodies, Species – Sonic Pluralism in Morocco (Adocs 2023) offers an account on sound and aurality in Morocco across a wide domain of activities, complemented by audiovisual essays in collaboration with local musicians, artists, and scientists. He teaches at UDK Berlin and ZHdK Zurich.
Recent projects include The Gramophone Effect, a sound piece with Robert Millis and the Indian collective “Traveling Archive”, commissioned by Documenta14 (2017, Kassel and Athens); Black Anthenna, a performance with Nathalie Mba Bikoro for the Tuned Cities Festival (2018, Messene); Salam Godzilla, a film essay shot in Agadir on the 1960 earthquake, premiered at FID Marseille in 2019, and shown in the exhibition “Love and Ethnology – The Colonial Dialectic of Sensitivity” at HKW Berlin; Atlantic Ragagar, a film exploring ecological voices on the Moroccan Atlantic coast (Special Mention at Ji.Hlava IDFF 2022); and The Whistle, a sound installation by the VACUT Group (Voices Against Corruption and Ugly Trading), commissioned by OTO Sound Museum in Zurich (2022).
Past exhibitions, performances and screenings include Rewire Festival The Hague (2023), FIFA Montreal (2023), Norient Festival in Bern (2023), TENT Rotterdam (2022), Ji.Hlava Film Festival (2022), OTO Museum Zurich (2022), Taiwan International Documentary Festival (TIDF 2021), Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid (2020), Marseille International Film Festival (FID, 2019), Mosaic Rooms London (2019), Film Festival Visions du Réel Nyon (2019), Radiophonic Space Exhibition at House Of World Cultures HKW Berlin (2018), Casablanca Art Biennale (2018), Tuned City Festival (2018), Le 18 Marrakech (2018), documenta_14 in Kassel and Athens (2017), Tinguely Museum Basel (2017), Alhamra Art Center Lahore (2017), café Oto London (2017), Kunstraum Bethanien Berlin (2016), Clark House Mumbai (2016), Art Council Karachi (2016), Skulpturenmuseum Marl (2016), FMAC Geneva (2016), MAGA Museum Gallarate (2015), Kunstmuseum Lucerne (2015), Khoj Art Center New Delhi (2015), TUSK Festival Newcastle (2015), Tsonami Festival Valparaiso (2014), Savvy Contemporary Berlin (2014), Friedmann Gallery New York (2014), Marrakech Biennale (2014), LEAP art space Berlin (2013), HeK Basel (2013), Camera Austria Graz (2012), House of World Cultures Berlin (2012), Kontraste Festival Krems (2011), MACBA Barcelona (2010).
As a musician, Gilles Aubry released several albums under his name and with the experimental noise band MONNO. He collaborated with other musicians in various projects, including Tomoko Sauvage, Audrey Chen, Jasmine Guffond, Rob Millis, Ali Faiq, Valerio Tricoli, Ale Hop, Gabisile Motuba, Sabina Leone, Aya Metwalli, Dave Phillips, Antoine Chessex, Nicolas Field, Karen Geyer, Alexei Borisov, Lethe, Keiji Haino, Fe-Mail, Axel Dörner, Klaus Filip, and many more. His records are available on Adocs, Corvo records, Winds Measure, Cronica Electronica, Gruenrekorder, Universinternational, Schraum, Creative Sources, and Absinth Records.