Letters and Bridges

(español abajo)


On Saturday May 12th, we had an intimate and wonderful real time telematic improvisation sound performance between Leicester and Mexico. In Leicester performers were located in Interact Gallery, in Mexico, they were located at CENART (National Mexican Center for the Arts). Listeners and performers, who in turn are listeners, took part of an interesting and rare experience in both locations. Participants were able to perform letters sent by their loved ones and also sent between them. The active audience performed how the cities’ sound and how they sound in these cities. This performance was the result of a performers’ process of listening and exchange, following a Deep Listening practice of traveling in time and space and expressing feelings associated with their migrations. Performing is listening, being in the moment of the sound; either as a spoken word or a voice that is freed from the meaning of the words and moves to abstract sound, and travels to the body to clap, to hit the floor, extending it to the turning on of devices such as radio, and coming back to the body as a soft, or strong  breathing, and whispering. In each city about 20 people, including performers were listening to the event. Inês Amado, a performer in Leicester, felt that “the variety of approaches was quite rich; from the very gentle approach, to the vibrant, to the paused, to the soft to the playful, to the impassioned all very sincere, immersed intense and heartfelt.” In Mexico, Susana Mateos, one of the participants, referred to the experience as “touching something really deep. The nostalgia for the one that is not present. The experience was very moving, it took me to another place”. The setting included four loudspeakers in each location, two amplifying local sound, and two amplifying distant sound. The recordings are from a zoom microphone’s perspective located in Leicester. We used Soundjack software developed by Alexander Carôt, and had a high quality and stable Internet streaming connection.
Thanks to all participants in both locations! (Credits below)

Here you can watch a video with the process of creation of the performance, and excerpts of the performance in the two locations:

Here you can listen to the full performance, and follow the programme.

(Español)
El sábado 12 de mayo, tuvimos un performance telemático de improvisación sonora en tiempo real íntimo y maravilloso entre Leicester (Inglaterra) y Ciudad de México. En Leicester performers se reunieron en Interact Gallery, en Mexico, se reunieron en el CENART (Centro Nacional de las Artes). Escuchas y performers, quienes son también escuchas, participaron de esta experiencia interesante y extraña en las dos ciudades. Los participantes pudieron performar cartas enviadas por sus seres queridos y también enviadas entre ellos. La audiencia activa realizó un performance de cómo suenan sus ciudades y cómo suenan ellos allí. Este performance fue el resultado de un proceso de escucha e intercambio entre parejas de performers y grupos, siguiendo la práctica de Deep Listening para viajar en tiempo y espacio y expresar sentimientos asociados con sus migraciones. Performar es escuchar, estar en el momento del sonido; ya sea con palabra hablada o con una voz que es liberada del significado de las palabras y se mueve al sonido abstracto, y viaja a través del cuerpo para aplaudir, zapatear, extender este sonido para sintonizar la radio, y volver al cuerpo con un respirar suave, o fuerte, y con murmullos. En cada ciudad alrededor de 20 personas escucharon el evento. Inês Amado, performer en Leicester, sintió que “la variedad de expresiones fue muy rica; desde el sonido muy sutil, al vibrante, al pausado, al suave al juguetón, al apasionado, todos muy sinceros, sumergidos de lleno y de todo corazón.” Para Susana Mateos, una de las participantes en México, la experiencia le “tocó una parte muy adentro, de esa nostalgia por el que no está. El ejercicio fue muy emotivo, me llevó a otro lugar”. La amplificación sonora incluyó cuatro parlantes en cada ciudad, dos amplificando el sonido local, y dos amplificando sonido distante. Las grabaciones están hechas desde la perspectiva de un micrófono zoom en el escenario de Leicester. Utilizamos el software Soundjack creado por Alexander Carôt, y tuvimos una señal de audio streaming via Internet de alta calidad y estable.

Gracias a todos los participantes en las dos ciudades!

Arriba pueden escuchar el performance completo.

CREDITS:

Performers y creadores cartas: Inês Amado, Marie Christine Camus, César Damián, Ron Herrema, Sally Hossack, Neli Ruzic.

Performers y creadores contexto sonoro: Nasrallab Abdurahman, Mohamed Ahmed, Diana Carola Castro, Daria Chernysheva, Tove Dalenius, Mario A. Díaz, Claudio Gonzalez, Bessie Hayes, Bárbara Lázara, Lydia Margules, Susana Mateos, Annelie Nederberg, Sam Wooldridge, Pelani Ziba.

Apoyo logístico: Ana Lilia Maciel, Rosibel Saracay.

Apoyo técnico: Sergio Bautista, Sean Clark, Néstor Jiménez, Stuart Smith, CANAL 23.

Supported by CRiSAP – LCC University of the Arts London, CENART, INTERACT GALLERY – FABRIKA, IOCT – De Montfort University, CITY OF SANCTUARY, DEEP LISTENING INSTITUTE, CCRMA.

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