White Masks is an interdisciplinary project on loss, transition and 'the other' by Silvia Rosani, Esther Saladin and Inês Rebelo.
Open to audio contributions from the audiences, White Masks revolves around a cycle for cello, live electronics and resonating masks in a site-specific installation.
In particular, the project refers to the loss people have to face alone in an increasingly individualistic society and the loss of communities and music traditions refugees go through when they are forced to leave their countries. The idea of the artists is to build a community in the form of objects resonating with ‘memories’ from the performance of the cycle, entangled with pre-recorded texts from Frantz Fanon, Samuel Beckett, Hans-Peter Dürr and Hilde Domin, and the audio contributions collected from the audiences with which the project will get in contact.
Abstractly, the project touches on the notion of ‘the other’. The political dynamics of the encounter between different communities and cultures, as described in postcolonial theory, finds parallel in nuanced modes of exchange between other and self, considered in continental philosophy. The other, different, alternative, remaining or further, is sometimes used to refer to a thing different from one already mentioned, and sometimes designates an-other self, altogether. The other and self as different shapes can meet through confrontation, by appropriation or in close dialogue or even through a combination of these modalities of exchange. Indeed, still more complexly for Hegel, the other can also function as mirror of self in self-consciousness or, as Michael Taussig observed in Mimesis and Alterity the reproduction of sameness can paradoxically maintain difference. Today these modes of relation between the other and self exist, but also seem inevitably extended and amplified by the horizontality of networks and social media, enabled by scientific inventions, through screens and technological devices that facilitate the existence of avatars, other-selfs, and allow synchronic access to different realities in one same place, bringing closer faraway distances, rendering other places familiar.
For White Masks, the three artists’ universe of interests enters an experimental dialogue, exploring possible new modes of exchange and interaction in different disciplines and art forms, through the multifaceted approach of their practices and researches.
Free event, all welcome
Supported by: Goldsmiths Annual Fund - Goldsmiths, University of London, Francis Chagrin Award, IMR (Institute of Musical Research), Deptford Lounge
In collaboration with: CMRU (Contemporary Music Research Unit), EMS (Electronic Music Studio), SPR (Unit for Sound Practice Research)
Dates & times
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|15 Jun 2017||
12:00pm - 8:00pm
[Installation with audio recordings]
|16 Jun 2017||
3:30pm - 4:00pm
[Installation and short performance open for kids]
|16 Jun 2017||
7:00pm - 8:00pm
[Installation and full performance]
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