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About Rubén Figaredo


Rubén Figaredo was born in Gijón, Asturias in 1963. He studied music and double-bass at the conservatory of Oviedo and played with several groups during the 80's and 90's. Rubén studied History of Art at the University of Oviedo. In November 2007 he obtained a summa cum laude doctoral degree in Sciences and History of Musicology for his thesis on neo-dadaism in Spain, the ZAJ group, and the work of the artist Juan Hidalgo, titled Juan Hidalgo. El sonido del gesto.

His first book is published in 1987, Hiedra, historia y piedra: torres, castillos y palacios rurales de Asturias, in which Figaredo presents himself as historian and photographer. In 2002 his second book appears, again about Asturias' historic and cultural patrimony, Marinos, puertos y barcos en la antigua Asturias (Editores Trea y Librería Cervantes, Oviedo), written in collaboration with Hernán del Frade de Blas, and has been awarded with the Premio Alfredo Quirós Fernández 2002 . That same year Por amor al arte. Fragmentos de una enseñanza desconocida (Ed. Facultad de Geografía e Historia de la Universidad de Oviedo) is published.

For several years Figaredo writes for the travel sections of the newspapers El Mundo and el Periódico del Motor for which he documents his itineraries through the Deserts of the Real or the Isles of the Blessed. His passion for the diffusion of cultural and historical heritage shines through in these writings: following the trails of the Knights Templars through Sardinia to the End of the Earth at Finis Terrae, relating his experiences in eternal cities inhabited by the living and the dead, and wandering through the mysterious worlds of Stonehenge and Scotland. He publishes several articles about Asturias' cultural and historical heritage on which he also speaks on symposia.

Figaredo is a regular contributor for ÁBACO revista de cultura y ciencias sociales. Issue 58, titled El precio de la utopía en tiempos de incertidumbre, and issue 59, La música del futuro, el futuro de la música, have been published under his directions in 2009. He is the author of several scripts for Asturian independent television, such as the documentary La puerta del cielo. Arte prerrománico asturiano in 2005.

In 2008 Ángulos Muertos - NUEVAS ENTREGAS PARA VIAJEROS is published, a collection of 41 short essays that, written in a lyrical and sensible voice, form a "declaration of love to traveling of the ones who lose themselves in places and a declaration of war against tourism and an condemnation of the lack of communication". The title of the book refers to "those things that disappear unnoticed into the rear-view mirror of memory". "I speak of travelers, of travelers opposed to tourists, because travelers are an endangered species". In Ángulos Muertos Figaredo reveals an erudite knowledge of history, literature and the arts, and through his photographs that illustrate his experiences in this book, his keen eye for detail and the human condition is betrayed in acute images that capture the essence of the moment that too easily slips into oblivion. One of these dispatches, Suecia y los restos de un naufragio, already appeared in translation in Dutch literary magazine Tortuca, which was published in the 23rd issue, June 2008 as Zweden en de Overblijfselen van een Schipbreuk.

In 2009 he co-authors the catalogue for the exposition ZAJ - Colección Archivo Conz that was held at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.

In 2008-09 Rubén Figaredo contributed as columnist to the Asturian newspaper La Nueva Espana with a weekly column. In 2010-11 he regularly wrote about his experiences abroad for the Gión-based newspaper El Comercio.

In 2010 his essay Today's Dissonance, Tomorrow's Consonance A New Pact Between Composer and Public was published by IRASM 41/1 - International Review of the Aesthetics and Sociology of Music, and in the same year Fonseca - Journal of Communication published his essay Nacionalismo y genocidio. A propósito de Ararat de Atom Egoyan. which was written for a lecture on Armenian cinematography at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

Currently Rubén Figaredo lives in Natal, in Brazil and works at the Universidad Federal de Natal, where he teaches History of Art, Dramaturgy, and Forms of Artistic Expression and Communication. He also is working on several publications in the field of history of art and music, literature, and dreaming about new explorations in travels, mind, music, and language—recovering fragments of paradise.