2022 / Sound installation
Punto de pasaje
Escuta! Listening that matters, Río de Janeiro, Brasil.
«Punto de pasaje» (Point of passage) was an artistic action carried out for the ESCUTA! Listening that matters, in Rio de Janeiro.
Continuing with my site specific works that confuse the work with the process of making it, I decided to work with the concert hall as a device.
The objective: to show through action, the usually inaudible instances that are woven with sounds every time they are heard as art and, simultaneously, to talk about it in a key conference.
I set out to subvert the usual situation of musical paraphernalia to reveal its presence. I wrote a score for Flavio, Jimenez and Robinson, the theater technicians “…siga minhas instruções possibles: Ligue a luz da sala – desligue a luz da sala; Abre cortina – fecha cortina; teste o som do alto falante.” (“…follow my possibles instructions: Turn on the room light – turn off the room light; Open curtain – close curtain; test the sound from the speaker.”).
I tried to dismantle the auditorium as a neutral listening space. I opened the windows and let the sunlight in. I invited the audience to walk through it and at the end I invited them to come up on stage.
All this while talking about listening as a configuration of meaning that has sound as a point of passage- “Ningún sonido está desnudo” “meaning emerges from a localization operation”, “NÃO É, ESTÁ SENDO”
My erratically articulated voice in three languages and awkward silences were interrupted by recordings of applause that had played in the same room days before. The applause was the excuse: as a sound check, as a sign and as a frame. The dark room and the applause for Daniela Avelar -who appeared before me- were the beginning of my action. The curtain opened and an illuminated lectern in the center of the stage maintained the expectant silence for a few long seconds, until my dialogue with the technicians confused the situation with a sound check. The applause was also the protagonist in the finale: the audience applauding on stage, following the “score” on the music stand, and I sitting in the seats listening to them. We all still wonder what the work of art was, if any.
ESCUTA! Listening that Matters was organized by The Listening Academy, SomaRumor and Multi. It took place in Rio de Janeiro during May 2022.