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Working at a commercial art gallery in Berlin taught Northeastern music technology major Gustavo Jiménez (far left) about the industry and inspired his own work. Above, he is pictured with an audio installation entitled “Because Tomorrow Comes.” (Left to right: Jiménez, gallery owner Mario Mazzoli, secretary Tania Tonelli and artist Michele Spanghero) Courtesy photo.

By Greg St. Martin via Northeastern News

On co-​​op this spring at a com­mer­cial art gallery in Berlin, third-​​year music tech­nology major Gus­tavo Jiménez helped set up an exhi­bi­tion by Swiss sound artist Pe Lang, whose hand­made sculp­tures com­bine mech­a­nized sys­tems with mate­rials that man­i­fest a unique approach to kinetic movement.

“You could stand there looking at the work and almost be hyp­no­tized by it,” Jiménez explained. “It wasn’t just how it was made, but there was also a cer­tain ele­ment of physics involved that makes it sus­cep­tible to changes in sound that no human could make.”

This con­cept inspired Jiménez, who added, “I’d like to inte­grate it into my own work in the future.”

For Jiménez, the assign­ment exem­pli­fied his rich variety of co-​​op expe­ri­ences with Galerie Mario Maz­zoli, which show­cases exper­i­mental music or sound art designed for the com­mer­cial market.

In his role, Jiménez helps artists set up instal­la­tions, per­forms audio editing and com­pletes other tasks around the gallery. He has had the oppor­tu­nity to meet dynamic artists from around the globe, learn how to orga­nize a pro­fes­sional art show and absorb a wealth of knowl­edge that he said would inspire his own art in the future.

Jiménez high­lighted the value of the experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­nity, noting his first­hand look at how an art gallery oper­ates and his improved under­standing of how young artists can effec­tively present their work, gain expo­sure and nav­i­gate the art industry in a pro­fes­sional manner.

“The artists here are quite serious about their work,” he said. “Its been incred­ible to talk with artists and cura­tors to learn about this craft while in Berlin, one of the art meccas of Europe.”

Jiménez said his pro­fes­sional inter­ests lie in elec­tronic music com­po­si­tion and computer-​​based visual arts. Not only is Berlin a hub for audio soft­ware com­pa­nies, but it’s also what Jiménez, a Puerto Rico native, calls the “techno temple of Europe.” This is an added bonus because he com­poses his own dance music.

“All of these small details have added up to what I feel has been the per­fect co-​​op for me,” Jiménez said. “Before­hand, I had a gen­eral idea of what I wanted to do, but coming here has solid­i­fied that.”