Paula Montecinos Oliva is a chilean choreographer, sonic artist and researcher based in Amsterdam. She works with sound, bodies, vibrations and transduction to explore the agency and performativity of movement, voice and embodiment, as tools relationality, perceptual re-organization and collective transformation. Her research includes the experimentation with sonic technologies, written matter and somatic movement, creating hybrid formats of performances, concerts and installations.
Her work has been presented internationally in festivals and spaces including: HKW (Berlin), Q-02 (Brussels), Sonic Matter Festival (Zurich) CH, Sonic Acts (Amsterdam), ICK (Amsterdam), Festival Asmtria, Perú, Cometogether#4 (Amsterdam) Juli Dans – (Amsterdam) Danzalborde Festival (Valparaíso), Spain Cultural Center, Parque Metropolitano, (Santiago de Chile) Spektrum, Berlin). Also participate of symposiums and conferences such as: How to think – Radio Silence (ICA London and DAS Graduate School, Amsterdam), Music Pours Over the Senses (University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. AU) and Cracking the Established Order (De Montfort, University, UK).
Paula teaches sound and somatic movement laboratories and actively collaborates with other artists and transfeminist collectives. She is a current research fellow at the THIRD cycle program at DAS Research, involving anarchival sonic practices, as counter-narrative to hegemonic and monotonic worldviews and epistemologies.
In Chile, Paula was co-founder of cultural projects such as Independent Dance Network, Traspasos Editorial Action and Transforma Scenic Circuit, initiatives that shared the common object to promote and activate collaboration and knowledge production in dance and performative arts.