We are currently at Forte Marghera, a historical military fortress in Mestre, 10 km from Venice, IT. We were invited by Live Arts Cultures as artists in residence at the C32 Gallery Space. We are creating portable sound installations in various locations within the fort. We will also create a performance combining field recordings collected from the fortress, horn and live electronics.
Äänen Lumo organized a show for us in Vapaan Taiteen Tila, or ‘Free Space for Art,’ a former bomb shelter in the area of Sörnäinen, Helsinki. In collaboration with Adam Basanta we presented our most recent performance for horn, field recordings and incandescent light bulbs. We have been developing this piece over the past 2 years and have performed it in various resonant spaces (Mãe D’Água, Bain St-Michel and McGill MMR). We are excited to create new compositions and installations after this tour.
“Estufa Fria is one of the most important parks that exist in Lisbon. It is one of the most visited sites in the city, by both students and tourists. Initially thought out as a place to simply shelter various types of plants, it has become one of the most pleasant green spaces in Lisbon, where you can spend a few enjoyable hours between lakes, waterfalls, brooks, statues and hundreds of different plant specimens from all over the world. A place the gives its visitors a sense of tranquility and well being.
This Greenhouse is managed by the Lisbon City Council and is divided into three different areas: “The Cold House”, “The Hothouse” and “The Sweet House”.”
Max and I visited Estufa Fria to record it’s sound environment. Many airplanes flew over the greenhouse, so you can hear these sounds in our recordings, as well as water and hissing vents.
We arrived to Lisbon early this morning, and once we became settled in our apartment we walked through downtown Lisbon toward the water. On our way we discovered Galerias Romanas da Baixa, an underground tunnel that was constructed during the time of the Roman occupation, during the reign of Emperor Augustus. The gallery is only open on September 21 & 22 every year. Unfortunately, the line up was much too long so we were unable to see the site.
After spending hours sitting by the sea, we traveled downtown and took the tram up the hill to Bairro Alto, where we ate and spent the rest of the evening exploring.
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