Hazy bass at the end of the world.
"Here, in the red earth, we listen to the many, many voices. We gather. Eyes closed, mouth wide open, words boiling. You feel the sound reaching your skin. Haptic. There is nothing deeper than that. The touch is everywhere. Here, in the red earth. We gather."
In this new chapter of the opera infinita, Jota Mombaça proposes an immersive, sensorial listening experience, in which collective sensation is taken by the complex tension between the extraction that characterizes the colonial appropriation of the planet and the elemental resilience of the earth. Composed by Mombaça, Denise Ferreira da Silva and Anti Ribeiro, 'chapter A: the red earth' was generated through a collective process of study that has included collaborators from Belgium and Brazil. Besides that, for these 3 activations of the opera infinita in our golden space, Mombaça will be joined by a group of Brussels-based artists formed by Komi Agayi, Carolina Mendonça, Prince Nyamweya, Rose-Myrtha Vercammen Fortuna Dorsant and Sékou Séméga.
Please be mindful that both the bass and the dense haze that constitute the atmosphere of the work might trigger physical and emotional processes of discomfort and anxiety.
Jota Mombaça is an indisciplinary artist whose work derives from poetry, critical theory and performance. The sonic and visual matter of words plays an important role in their practice, which often relates to anti-colonial critique and gender disobedience. Through performance, visionary fiction and situational strategies of knowledge production, they intend to rehearse the end of the world as we know it and the figuration of what comes after we dislodge the Modern-Colonial subject off its podium.
Denise Ferreira da Silva is a Professor and Director of The Social Justice Institute (GRSJ) at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of Toward a Global Idea of Race and co-editor of Race, Empire, and The Crisis of the Subprime (with Paula Chakravartty). Her art-related work includes texts for publications linked to the 2016 Liverpool and and Sao Paulo Biennales, Venice 2017, and Documenta 14, as well as collaborations, such as the play Return of the Vanishing Peasant, with Ros Martin, the films Serpent Rain (2016) and 4Waters-Deep Implicancy (2018), with Arjuna Neuman; and events (performances, talks, and private sessions) and texts related Poethical Readings and the Sensing Salon, with Valentina Desideri.
Anti Ribeiro is a sonic producer, educator, curator and researcher. Her work is focused on the production of sound dramaturgies and soundtracks, electronic music composition, curating at film festivals and a research-teaching work based on orality. Recent projects include, Fiction as a Weapon of War, a virtual exchange environment focused on the bid to dream other worlds and/or escape from this one. She is co-founder of the SCAPA collective, in Recife, an initiative dedicated to the enjoyment of Brazilian indigenous and black artists.
Participants of the Study Sessions in October: Nick Arnaud Giriyuja, Loucka Fiagan, Carolina Mendonça, Komi Agayi, Fernanda Areias, Vinícius da Silva, Sékou Séméga, Prince Nyamweya, Rose-Myrtha Vercammen Fortuna Dorsant.
External Advisor: Carolina Mendonça, Sonic Archive: Movediça, Production: Jota Mombaça, Denise Ferreira da Silva, Anti Ribeiro and Beursschouwburg