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Chance meeting of a Prepared projector and a Violin

Improvised performance for two instrumentalists (violin x modified projector). A chemically altered super 8 film slowly scrolls past a microscopy camera which acts as a playback head while being exposed to various light and laser attacks. In line with extended techniques in music, the cinema projector has been modified to extend its visual abilities and produce noisy rythmic forms aimed at the eye.

  • Olivier Perriquet
  • Maria do Mar
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Expanded cinema, Noise, Extended techniques, improvisation
  • Minimum Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Maximum Runtime:
    35 minutes
  • Average Runtime:
    27 minutes
  • Variable Runtime Details:
    Runtime can be adapted, it is not strict since it is improvisation.
  • Completion Date:
    June 20, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    500 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
  • Student Project:
  • International Conference on Live Interfaces 2022
    June 20, 2022
Director Biography - Olivier Perriquet, Maria do Mar

With a special affinity for visual perception and optics and privileging a site specific approach, Olivier Perriquet has been practicing live cinema and installation for twenty years, often in collaboration with sound artists and musicians. Be it expanded cinema or video, installations and performances, his work frequently and implicitly refers to the scientific imagination and its language. In line with media archaeology, taking up Flusser's idea of "playing against the apparatus", he crosses disciplines until one can no longer distinguish which media produces which form, he uses the informe (formless), noise, the emergence of form, recognition of a ground within a form, as means of access to the ineffable in us. Alongside his artistic practice, he carries out eclectic and transdisciplinary research. A graduate of Le Fresnoy, National Studio of Contemporary Arts and a Doctor of computational biology after a curriculum in pure maths, he has worked for several years as a researcher in artificial intelligence at the University of Lisbon and was subsequently invited as a Fulbright fellow to Duke University's Department of Art and Visual Studies. For the past ten years, he has been a Professor of visual arts at the Media/Arts school of Chalon-sur-Saône in France and supervizes research at Le Fresnoy where he has led several research programmes.

Maria do Mar is a Lisbon-based violinist, composer, teacher and activist. With a classical background, she explores alternative ways of teaching, participates in experimental and improvised music projects, transdisciplinary projects, as programming and curating events. Experimental, improvised music and performance are her main expressions, transdisciplinarity has been her latest focus, with works such as Grão (2022), which also crosses media such as installation, field recordings, effect pedals, sound manipulation software, video, with the participation of the surrounding community, drawing attention to the global climate changes; or her work as a curator and participant in the Transitory DeScomposition Cycle, which has been taking place since 2021 at the Association SMUP, which explores the interaction between image, sound and space. She explores the violin to its acoustic limits, using extended techniques, traversing the entire sound spectrum of the instrument acoustically and resorting to electronic devices, also using noise as a mean of expression. She has performed with many national and international artists, such as Miguel Mira, Carlos "Zíngaro”, Joelle Léandre, Sei Miguel, Ricardo Freitas, Paulo Chagas, Ernesto Rodrigues, Joana Guerra, Maria Radich, Adriana Sá, Mia Zabelka, in festivals like MIA, Creative Fest Lisbon & Berlim, Jazz no Parque de Serralves, BCN ImproFest, Festival Urogallo at Léon, Festival Underscore, Magassessions, Lisboa Soa, ICLI (International Conference on Live Interfaces 2022), Jazz ao Centro at Coimbra, Jazz 2020 in Gulbenkian Foundation. Has several recordings, and is a member of music projects such as LANTANA, who has been awarded Best Band of 2022, by RTP (Radio and Television of Portugal) and Festa do Jazz, and Revelation Group 2022, by El Intruso pole of critics, concerning their debut album Elemental (Cipsela Records). In 2019, her work was recognized with her nomination as 2019 Best Portuguese Musician or Band in magazine. Her work explores a wide and varied universe and the development of a personal language, with tenuous aesthetic boundaries, opening up creative unlimited cross-possibilities.

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