Petra Bachmaier, Sean Gallero. LUFTWERK
Luftwerk is the collaborative vision and artistic practice of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. The duo have been working together for over 10 years, creating art installations that merge the elements of light and video with the sculptural aspects of architecture and design. In 2010 Luftwerk was commissioned to create a new media exhibit for Frank Lloyd Wright’s centennial celebration of The Robie House. Since then Bachmaier and Gallero have discovered a resonance with architecture and the experience of space and site, developing several projects that transform architecture into a canvas of light and motion. Their projects open a new dialogue of rediscovery that bridges history and contemporary media of public spaces and landmark structures. Currently they are engaged with The National Trust of Historic Preservation to create an immersive site-specific exhibit for the Farnsworth House in Plano, IL.
Iker Gil is the founder of MAS Studio, the Editor in Chief of the nonprofit MAS Context, and the Executive Director of the SOM Foundation. He has edited or coedited several books including Radical Logic: On the Work of Ensamble Studio and Shanghai Transforming.
He has curated multiple exhibitions including Nocturnal Landscapes, Poured Architecture: Sergio Prego on Miguel Fisac, and BOLD: Alternative Scenarios for Chicago, part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. He was cocurator of Exhibit Columbus 2020–2021 and Associate Curator of the US Pavilion for the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
Iker has received several grants and awards for his work, including the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation grants, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts grants, Ruy de Clavijo grant by Casa Asia, and PICE grant by AC/E (Acción Cultural Española).
Back in Spain, he worked with Guillermo del Toro on The Devil’s Backbone (2001) and with fellow ESCAC graduate Juan Antonio Bayona on Bayona’s first short films. He then moved to New York, where he studied film postproduction at New York University (NYU), and on to London to work as a sound editor.
He returned to Barcelona to do The Orphanage (2007) with Bayona and began to work for directors such as Jaume Balagueró, Kike Maíllo, Denis Villeneuve or Daniel Monzón, Edmón Roch, as well as for Juan Antonio Bayona’s subsequent films. The sound designer of many Spanish and international films such as [REC] (2007), The Impossible (2012), Enemy (2013) Crimson Peak (2015), Penny Dreadful (2014), Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom (2018) he has received
four Goya awards from the Spanish Film Academy, seven Gaudí awards from the Catalan Film Academy and one Golden Reel Award from the Motion Sound Picture Editors (MPSE).
In 2018 he was awarded Best European Sound Designer by the European Film Academy.
He now combines his work in sound postproduction at his own studio Coser y Cantar with his teaching activity at ESCAC and other University of Barcelona programs. He is member of the “Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas of Spain and the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of the United States (Academy of Hollywood) and he is also involved in other projects in studios in the U.S., Canada and the U.K