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About Icaro AKA Nene del Solar

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Icaro AKA Nene del Solar, is a Colombian sound-media artist, musician and educator, interested in the making of instruments based on digital-electronic infrastructures and their use in performing arts. His practice is centered around sound experimentation, cultural appropriation of new technologies and decolonial studies. His work has been developed in both artistic and commercial fields and it is the result of explorations that combine art, sound, new media, music and education. During his master studies in Digital Media at HfK- Bremen, Icaro focused his research on the creation of myths and fictions which propose discussions about the stereotypical ideas we have of technology. Through performance on a stage, Icaro/Nene presents his body interacting and dancing with machines, robots and sound artifacts he has built. Currently, Icaro is a PhD Candidate at the Binational Artistic PhD Program of HfK Bremen (GER) in Cooperation with the University of Groningen (NETH). He also works  as coordinator of the PhD program in HfK and, together with Prof. Dennis P Paul, as researcher in the project Critical Instruments. 

Throughout his career, Icaro has found the importance to promote awareness of the sound we create, which surrounds us, and the objects that produce it. Believing that the integration of the aural studies is fundamental in the humanities. His work has been related to these intentions through the use of new technologies in poetic expressions.

In 2018 Icaro was awarded a Scholarship by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) to study a Master of Arts in Digital Media Bremen. He did his bachelor's as an industrial designer at the National University of Colombia. Additionally, he did 8 years of music studies in the traditional latin american music training school (Escuela Nueva Cultura) and a Diploma in Independent Band Management, awarded by the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra. He also has experience on stage as a singer and musician for over 20 years.

In 2018 Icaro was the creative director at Critertec Experience, a company that carries out art, technology, and education projects. In 2014, worked at PANORAMIKA SAS, one of Colombia's most well-known multimedia laboratories at that time, where he held the positions of programing-developer, designer, and finally director of projects in the interactive design team.

​Since 2019 Icaro works as part of the multidisciplinary collectives Tremendo Parche Latino and Tremenda Corporea, together with Victor Artiga, Carla Anacker, Rahel Jünlig. and Edgar Lessig. Where, by exploring different materials, electronics, and bodies in movement; they develop different methods of creating scores for improvisation.


Icaro has also been the co-creator of different musical projects: LA PULPA, RESINA LALA, SHI$HA, and recently NENE DEL SOLAR. With which he has been invited to international festivals and events such as SXSW (USA), Lollapalooza (CHI), Fimu Fest (France), Day day up (China), Stereo Picnic, Rock Al Parque, Festival Hermoso Ruido, and Circulart in Colombia. His work as media artist and performer has been exhibited at festivals such as Art Vision Contest Moscow, Design and Emotion, Bogotá Book Fair, Arttec, and Plataforma Bogotá, Mutant Arts Straßburg, S-K-A-M e.V. Stuttgart, Forecast Plattform Berlin. ​

On this website, you can find the outstanding projects that Icaro has developed mostly with friends, companies, and institutions throughout his career as musician, sound-media artist and designer.

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