Also known as Pablo IA (Pablo Iglesias Algora, Madrid 1977) is an active creative mind involved in different art and design fields. Geso is the moniker he uses for his most personal and actual work, specially focused in visual arts and art direction for music projects. His works are usually a combination of glitches, light diffraction, geometric graphics, urban explorations and images inspired by landscapes and nature, a visual journey through images extracted from reality in order to re-connect the viewer with a kind of collective memory.He also works as graphic designer and art director for GeeOhDee studio, and as publisher and curator (since 1999) for his company Belio, an art publishing house and organization who runs exhibitions, concerts, festivals, conferences and workshops.
1: When I close my eyes and listen music, I see images.
2: If you want to send a message out, be aware that we live in an audiovisual media society, so AV tandems of artists make more sense than ever.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Music itself and nature is probably my biggest inspiration, I use both to trigger my imagination and also my visual work.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
I have been always connected to the music scene, sometimes curating and organizing parties and festivals, sometimes behind the mixer (as a DJ, long time ago) and in the last 5 years I found my perfect playground: Visualizing music.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
- “Violator” from Depeche Mode
- “Kid A” from Radiohead
- Any from Godspeed You Black Emperor
- “At Sacred Walls” from Szun Waves
- “Ask The Dust” from Lorn
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Creation and freedom, I guess that’s what I value the most from this city, to find, see and listen so many amazing creative people working in so many directions, it’s truly inspiring.
5. What's your favourite place in your town?
In my hometown (Madrid) I would say Debod Temple, sunsets there are perfect moments.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I will take “music” as any artistic discipline, if there were no arts probably I would spend my time in nature, listen and looking at it, so probably I would be an explorer.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Lately I buy less music in physical formats and listen much more online, streaming it. I need to be absolutely crazy about it in order to buy the “object”. So, the last one I bought (physically) is “At Sacred Walls” from Szun Waves.
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Luke Abbott, Lorn, Colin Stetson, Aïsha Devi and Arve Henriksen, among many other musicians that I admire and respect.
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
As performer, last year with XZICD at Berghain Kantine, although the one with Synapscape at Maschinenfest on 2015 was also massive. As spectator, I don’t know if the best “live” but at least one of the most impressive ones I have seen was Daft Punk back in 2006.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s an essential key not only in the process but also in the evolution of my work, tools like VDMX5 (the visual software I use) changed my life and my way of work.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
My brother is also an artist so he is as proud of my work as I’m of his, we both grow up together and we worked hand by hand in many artistic projects. And the same happens with my sister, although her creativity goes more in sweet cakes. So we are a creative family that support and understand each other.