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Ale Hop

Artist, researcher, and musician

Alejandra Cárdenas Pacheco (also known as Ale Hop) is a Peruvian-born artist, researcher, and experimental musician based in Berlin. Her body of work includes live shows, record releases, sound and video artworks, research on sound and technology, and original music for film, dance, and theater projects. Her live performances merge the physical qualities of music with raw emotional states and unorthodox instrument procedures. She builds layers of sounds by blending a complex repertoire of guitar techniques processed by synthesis devices, to create a music of deep physical intensity.

She began her career in the 2000s in Lima’s experimental and underground scene. In 2012, following several years of taking part in different pop and electronic bands, she finally started her solo project after performing alone for the first time in Boiler Room, during her residence at the Red Bull Music Academy New York. Her studious approach to the subjects covered in her albums and pieces is constantly informed by her background as a researcher. She completed a BA in Art History, her master’s in Sound Studies, further studies in History of Science and Technology, and is currently pursuing a PhD at Berlin University of Arts. She also co-founded the Berlin-based festival Radical Sounds Latin America (of which she was co-curator from 2019 to 2021) and, nowadays, directs the publication Border-Listening/Escucha-liminal and the editorial platform Contingent Sounds, which facilitate critical discourses, and artistic research on listening.

Ale Hop has performed, screened, and exhibited work internationally at institutions and festivals, such as CTM Festival (2022), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2021), New York’s Museum of Arts and Design (2021), Australia Independent Film Festival (2021), Stockholm City Film Festival (2021), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2020), Somerset House Studios (2019), Heroines of Sound (2019), MALBA Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (2015).

Update: 5 August 2022


Has participated in

Cristina Rivera Garza, Lina Meruane and Gabriela Wiener

Braiding: Saints, Weird, Mestizas