O ESTADO DAS COISAS
/ THE STATE OF THINGS
Produced as part of the project:
Taxonomia, O Estado das Coisas
with Rodrigo B. Camacho
PIPINOIR Expressão Criativa
30 musicians were interviewed during a period of 2 weeks, with questions relating to one’s identity: name, age, profession. Following were questions related to their first musical memory, the music they most have to play and the one they most enjoy, always associated to a place. A final question asked for a sound they find characteristic of Funchal, which Sara then went to record, gathering phonographic material which the other musicians could chose from and relate to by using their voice or instrument. In this way, the posed issues started to mould to participants’ volition, originating a mapping of what is most relevant to each one, and inevitably, to the whole.
Throughout the days, these answers were recorded and recombined in various forms, producing new dynamics as more arrived. They were reproduced through various speakers hanging from the ceiling of the space in relation to floor map with coordinates of Funchal produced to scale. Little by little, the audience became able to witness the development of a space that received the expression of a community of a time and place, whose identity is marked by the artistic practices as well as the sociocultural experiences they hold alive.
The work focused on the recovery of information through various types of memory one can activate. This includes particularly episodic memory, dedicated to autobiographic events linked to a time and space associated with emotions and other contextual criteria such as who, when, where and why. Also procedural memory, which does not base itself on the conscious return of memory, but on an implicit learning, activated, for example, in the act of doing something such as playing a musical instrument.