Carlos Casas


SANCTUARY – Live cinema
12th september 9:30 pm
La Pelanda – Teatro 1

SANCTUARY – Sound installation
13th September 6 pm – 2 am
La Pelanda – Teatro 1
free entry

national premier


Inspired by the myth of the elephants’ graveyard – a place where elephants instinctively know to go at the end of their lives in order to die alone – Carlos CasasSanctuary is an immersive live film experience taking up themes of extinction, interspecies communication and the cinematic imaginary. Part adventure film, part experimental nature documentary, the narrative follows Nga, an aging elephant, and Sanra, his mahout, on their journey through a jungle in Sri Lanka. The pair is followed closely by a group of poachers who disappear one by one under mysterious circumstances. A spectacle of image, sound and light,the presentation features a live sound and infrasound recorded and developed by sound artist Chris Watson in collaboration with spatial sound specialist Tony Myatt.

Film by Carlos Casas
With Sinharaja, S.A Senevirathne, WarnaSandeeya, Wayne Bamford, Tony Lourds, Yashodha  Suriyapperuma
Cinematography by Benjamin Echazarreta
Location sound and sound mix by Marc Parazon
Editing by Felipe Guerrero
Epilogue Music by Ariel Guzik
Additional Music by Sebastian Escofet
Vfx by Francesco Meneghini
Produced By Map Productions, Elena Hill Soda Film+Art, Olivier Marboeuf Spectre Productions, La Fabrique Phantom, Krzysztof Dabrowsky Kimnes&Bersch.
Live sound by Chris Watson
Sounds and infrasound recorded by Chris Watson and Tony Myatt in collaboration with Joyce Poole
Cemetery is supported by DICREAM, France; CNAP, France; Région Bretagne, France, Wellcome Trust, UK, Small Arts Awards Fund; FIDLAB Award, France; Outset South West, UK.


Carlos Casas presents the world premiere of Sanctuary, a site-specific sound environment by day that is transformed into an immersive live cinema experience in the evening. The free daytime installation explores the affective potential of spatial sound and infrasound – low-frequency noise, such as that used by elephants to communicate across long distances – as well as their connection with architectural space, music and psychology. A specially designed infrasound speaker located in the centre of the space is the first of its kind to reproduce the full range and depth of elephant communication. These infrasound tests are accompanied by sounds recorded in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park and played through an Ambisonics 3D sound spatialisation system, a full sphere surround sound technology. Casas invites visitors to lie down and experience this experimental sonic environment over the course of the day.

A project by Carlos Casas
Sound by Chris Watson
Sounds and infrasound recorded by Chris Watson and Tony Myatt in collaboration with Joyce Poole
Spatial sound presentation and audio control software by Tony Myatt
Infrasound speaker designed by Tony Myatt and William Backhouse, University of Surrey,
Supported by Volt Loudspeakers Ltd.
Prototype infrasound loudspeaker driver by Volt Loudspeakers Ltd.
Thanks to the University of Surrey, Department of Music and Media
Produced By Elena Hill Soda Film+Art, Map Productions
Supported by the Wellcome Trust and Outset South West

Carlos Casas (1974, Barcelona, Spain) lives and works between Paris and Barcelona. His last three films have been awarded in festivals around the world from Torino, Madrid, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City and his film works and installations have been presented in collective and personal exhibitions internationally. He has concluded a trilogy of films, END dedicated to the most extreme environments on the planet, Patagonia, Aral Sea, and Siberia. Avalanche as a lifelong project and site- specific film project based on one of Pamir’s highest inhabited villages has been presented in different museums, festivals and gallery spaces around Europe and the USA. His films have been shown in festivals like Venice Film festival, Rotterdam Film Festival, FID Marseille, Jeonju Festival, South Korea, Documenta Madrid and others.
His works have been presented in museums and spaces like Tate Modern, London, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Hangar Bicocca, Milano, Bozar Bruxelles, Oi Futuro Rio de Janeiro, MIS São Paulo, Centre de Cultura Contemporanea de Barcelona, Malba Buenos Aires. Cemetery, his latest project on production, is a take on the myth of the elephant cemetery. He was creative director of Colors Music and Films from 2005-2008 where he developed audiovisual projects and music research in various regions around the world. He is co-founder of Map Productions and the visual sound label Von Archives. He is visiting professor at Dartmouth College USA, and ECAM Madrid, Spain.