Symbol of a never-ending frontier, GoodYear, 1951. ©The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, 2021.

Date:  Tuesday, 16 November 2021
Time:  16:00-17:00 GMT
(18:00-19:00 Bethlehem)
Location:  Radio Alhara (online)

Terra-Tire Sessions, by invited guest Adrián Balseca, presents a historiographical cartography of rubber extractivism and exploitation, from the peak of the ‘rubber fever’ in the late 19th century in the Amazon region of Putumayo-Aguarico, through to the ongoing development of Kedah Rubber City in Malaysia.

The sonic journey brings together sounds from territories surrounded by the dynamics of rubber extraction, stretching across the equator (where the rubber tree’s preferred climatic conditions are found), from Ecuador and Brazil, to Gabon and Somalia, to Indonesia and Malaysia.


This broadcast is the third of a four-part mini-series within Delfina Foundation’s ongoing monthly radio show on Radio Alhara. This series of broadcasts, featuring invited guests and our own residents, will form part of our autumn 2021 Collecting as Practice season.


Adrián Balseca (Quito, 1989) is an artist who studies extractivist dynamics and their environmental impacts. Many of his proposals are associated with historical-economic processes that have been relevant for the consolidation of the modern development project. Adrián is the sound editor of Infrasonica, a digital platform of non-Western cultures.