Focus Section | Booth H31
Solo project by Carla Filipe
FRIEZE London – Focus – Booth H31
The present work by the artist Carla Filipe (Portugal, 1973) is the outcome of a two-year direct participation in the nightlife culture related to Porto’s electronic music scene. It expresses the need of playing an active role in the creation of culture in these cohabited places that have volatile and transient rules and codes.
The exhibition “The day is coming”, recently presented at Galeria Múrias Centeno in Lisbon, in May 2016, reveals the starting point for the unprecedended project presented on this occasion. “The day is coming” indicate the timeline that constitutes a moment of rest for some, and for others is the time in which they live the greater part of their lives. Daybreak enhances the temporal discordance present in places where these two different realities coexist, a meeting point for those starting the day and the others that are extending the night-time, stretching the hours and the limits imposed by the calendar. These two realities only share a time of uncertainty and the irony of having time itself for the sole certainty.
Actually, in this project the artist extends this contact, introducing abstraction as the opposite of reality. In these times of change and fragility that we cross at the moment (present and future), what is the point of entering the field of abstraction, through the various accumulated transparency layers of the pedestrian landscapes of Porto streets?
Jonathan Rosenhead says that in reality the “uncertainty is ignored or denied,” and we “seek stability against anxiety, which, otherwise, would become overwhelming” because we have to be safe from the information to be able to think and stay active.
The performance The works comes throughby rhythmic Theory already enters the field of abstraction – from language to sound – starting from text-poetry-agenda written with repetition of syllables or vowels, simple elements that enhance its sound processing capacity through midi rhythms. These sounds were given to three musicians, Polido, Challenger and GAm presents GOM/GOM GOM, who worked starting them. By extending this process of linguistic abstraction, they are also working with the unknown because they can’t include more familiar sounds and recurrent in his work. Therefore, we are creating a new place. Among those sounds, we have “a”, “h”, “e”, “f”, we have the alphabet to float and create new relationships, a sound community with their time space.