Inviting the audience into monochrome space, And Then They Were Gone is an audio-visual film that explores abstraction, sound, and perspective. Through the usage of limited visual and aural resources, González Sosto seeks to explore an abstract narrative, and wishes to give room to the audience to either find meaning, or embrace meaninglessness.
The title of the piece invites many questions - all of them ultimately unanswered by the piece. By not providing answers, González Sosto either cowardly refrains from making a point, or refrains from indulging in a cowardly act of contrivance. In either case, the lack of clarity offered by the piece and by its description pushes focus on the moment at hand, as its the only lifeline to coherence offered to the audience.
The piece will exist in the now during which a given audience experiences it, and will cease to exist forever after that. The moment will be gone, the audience will be gone, eventually the piece will be torn down, the files will be lost in an old hard drive. But the moment happened, and that’s what the piece wants to celebrate. You’re here now.
Armando González Sosto is a Costa Rican-Spanish musician, coder, and visual artist. Starting as a guitar player, González Sosto later moved into electronic music production and composition. During his time at Berklee College of Music, he encountered sonic and multimedia programming environments like Max/MSP and Csound, which nurtured his curiosity in the usage of coding and audio-visual interaction in his practice. The focus of his work shifts between many interests and technologies, but is usually centered around the interactions between sound, image, space, and time. His music and visual work has been presented in San José and Boston, and his music has been released on labels in New York and London.