During a career spanning over 30 years, Alex Mendizabal has progressively distanced himself from more traditional music- making techniques and has drawn closer to more experimental and unorthodox explorations, namely in the form of soundscapes, concerts in movement or underwater music, among others. The Basque artist, based in Rome, will present a project using a vast number of balloons as wind instruments. The artist involves the acoustic qualities of space and the participation of the spectators who, through their movements, can discover surprising effects, such as beats or the ghost sounds of psychoacoustics.
The performance Strata.2 is developed in a sculpture that is directly related to the urban space in which it has been installed. Defined by an elastic and changeable structure of tensegrity, Strata.2 allows the performer to play unlimitedly with his weight and imbalance. Lines in motion like an empty architecture forge a dialogue with the place, thus engendering a moment of spatial-temporal suspension of our daily lives. The sculpture, formed by movable and unstable lines, changes the references of the surrounding space and transforms its Cartesian perspective. Spectators may observe the sculpture from various viewpoints as they move around it. The perspectives, always in motion, propose a new viewpoint of the performing body: an unpredictable organisation of axes and supports, without any hierarchy. The choreographic structure explores the intelligence of the skin. The force of gravity is continuously remembered by the void and confers dynamics and the possibility of transforming the presence of the body, through a sensitive and playful touch. The soundscape, composed by Gilles Sivilotto, is achieved through contact microphones that amplify the sonorities provoked by the movement of the performer’s body across the sculpture’s axial material.
Winner of the 2012 Don Banks Award for his contribution to Australian music, the artist and composer Jon Rose has transformed a car found in the scrap yard of a mining city in the Australian hinterland (White Cliffs) into a unique and peculiar multimedia experience. Accompanied by innovative sound artists, Rose has literally turned the car into a collective musical instrument. The work is developed by amplifying the sounds of the various elements, surfaces and resonances of the vestiges of the vehicle: rhythms, metallics, humming, sounds of destruction, calm sounds and also deafening sounds. An installation/performance of sound vibrations with an intense musical and video intensity. For this work, Rose collaborated with some of Porto’s best-known experimental musicians: Jorge Queijo, Luís Bittencourt, Henrique Fernandes and José Alberto Gomes. The collection of photographic images and life projection will include the works of the photographer Paulo Cunha Martins.
Marking the start of Serralves em Festa, this visit sets out to discover Serralves Park which, in the early hours of the morning, reveals itself to visitors still illuminated by the soft and sweet light of dawn. An unforgettable experience - not to be missed.