Sonic Geometry | Energy - Frequency - Form
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Sonic Geometry | Energy - Frequency - Form
[Francisco Janes, Mariana Caló e Francisco Queimadela,
Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Laetitia Morais, Manon Harrois,
Miguel Leal, Mike Cooter, Pedro T
udela, Ricardo Jacinto e Pedro Tropa,
Sara Bichão, Tomás Cunha Ferreira]

29 junho a 6 outubro


The present exhibition is a version of the project that, for about a year, brought together an extensive group of artists who worked from the institutional context of the Archipelago
- Center of Contemporary Arts on different physical and conceptual platforms. The project combines Portuguese and foreign artists whose works and research incorporate sound, as a raw material or conceptual structure. They all ground their work on a solid basis of research and experimentation. The choice of the artists was based on collaborative awareness and, secondly, on the relationship between each artist’s oeuvre and the distinctive characteristics of the archipelago of the Azores, whose volcanic origin, cosmic resonance, and the intense and diverse presence of nature (as an immanent force and feeling) has a strong impact on a wide array of different creators and thinkers. From a philosophical standpoint, the project is influenced by several thinkers who have developed and explored the concepts of archipelago, migration and miscegenation: Édouard Glissant (one of the most important and influential contemporary thinkers, who died in 2011), who developed the notion of cultural creolisation; Emanuele Coccia, whose recent book “The Life of Plants: A Metaphysics of Mixture” is particularly appropriate for thinking about the relationship between human and natural entities; Agostinho da Silva, who adopted a visionary approach to the transatlantic question and cultural flows developing between continents and peoples; Vitorino Nemésio, whose concept of Açorianidade (Azorianity) will be central to the ideas generated by the project. This project has been designed to encompass and fulfil the different values of the Arquipélago – both in terms of its exhibition and performance spaces, and its mission to produce and bring knowledge to the people living in the island of São Miguel and the archipelago of the Azores, and also export this knowledge to other places. It is an innovative project that involves an unprecedented exploration of Portugal’s largest audiovisual archive, owned by the public broadcaster, RTP, whose time horizon overlaps with the formation
of a sensation of postmodern and contemporary existence in Portugal. Finally, it is a creative project, resulting from an artistic residency in the Island (or islands), and presentation and dialogue with the local community. Sonic Geometry aims to explore the importance of sound in the construction of our presence in the world. For example, animist societies, since time immemorial, have used sound, in particular certain rhythms and frequencies, to heal or attain levels of hyperconsciousness. The project proposes to think about the relationship between certain sound patterns or frequencies and the creation of archetypal structures of thought and architecture, such as ancient monuments in different parts of the world. Ancient civilizations were built through observation of the Cosmos and, as far as we are aware, in function of the harmony and sound resonance of the Universe. On the basis of this timeless presentiment, all beings are interlinked by a global and collective consciousness that underpins this project.

Curatorship Nuno Faria
Project originally presented at Arquipélago - Centro de Artes Contemporâneas