On co-​​op this spring at a com­mer­cial art gallery in Berlin, third-​​year music tech­nology major Gus­tavo Jiménez helped set up an exhi­bi­tion by Swiss sound artist Pe Lang, whose hand­made sculp­tures com­bine mech­a­nized sys­tems with mate­rials that man­i­fest a unique approach to kinetic movement.

You could stand there looking at the work and almost be hyp­no­tized by it,” Jiménez explained. “It wasn’t just how it was made, but there was also a cer­tain ele­ment of physics involved that makes it sus­cep­tible to changes in sound that no human could make.”

This con­cept inspired Jiménez, who added, “I’d like to inte­grate it into my own work in the future.”

For Jiménez, the assign­ment exem­pli­fied his rich variety of co-​​op expe­ri­ences with Galerie Mario Maz­zoli, which show­cases exper­i­mental music or sound art designed for the com­mer­cial market.

In his role, Jiménez helps artists set up instal­la­tions, per­forms audio editing and com­pletes other tasks around the gallery. He has had the oppor­tu­nity to meet dynamic artists from around the globe, learn how to orga­nize a pro­fes­sional art show and absorb a wealth of knowl­edge that he said would inspire his own art in the future.

Jiménez high­lighted the value of the experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­nity, noting his  first­hand look at how an art gallery oper­ates and his improved under­standing of how young artists can effec­tively present their work, gain expo­sure and nav­i­gate the art industry in a pro­fes­sional manner.

The artists here are quite serious about their work,” he said. “Its been incred­ible to talk with artists and cura­tors to learn about this craft while in Berlin, one of the art meccas of Europe.”

Jiménez said his pro­fes­sional inter­ests lie in elec­tronic music com­po­si­tion and computer-​​based visual arts. Not only is Berlin a hub for audio soft­ware com­pa­nies, but it’s also what Jiménez, a Puerto Rico native, calls the “techno temple of Europe.” This is an added bonus because he com­poses his own dance music.

All of these small details have added up to what I feel has been the per­fect co-​​op for me,” Jiménez said. “Before­hand, I had a gen­eral idea of what I wanted to do, but coming here has solid­i­fied that.”