December 9, 2022


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Lara Dâmaso “ECHOES” at KRONE COURONNE, Biel/Bienne



Creating in The Conjectural Body (2010), the American philosopher and songs theorist Robin James extends Rousseau’s assertion that the character of audio is “unique [in its] capability to express and elicit human passions” to incorporate all audio.1 He also speculates that, “untouchedby language … a seem has no absolute character by which it might be recognised.” 2 Promptly, inquiries of the nature as sound as an complete notion crop up, not able to be efficiently answered. What is this sonic ur-product – audio – which results in being that which we recognize as language and music? If, as James argues, we recognise seem as music and language due to the fact of certain social—now inherent—signifiers, what then, is motion to dance? If, as evolutionary linguistics postulates, people adapted around time to harness their capacity to produce sound and thus converse, is dance then a merchandise of the mutative motivation to converse through the body? “I imagine they appear from the similar spot. They are diverse varieties of one thing identical. They each essentially appear from listening,” artist and performer Lara Dâmaso describes to me, “they” being tunes and dance. Her thesis is that motion is always a response or reaction to a thing, that there is no movement that comes from nowhere, that it must usually be determined by a little something, and that it is the similar with audio. “It’s joined with the passage of air and is shaped by the current moment, but also by historical past, and identity,” she proceeds. For the artist, the mother nature of seem is contingent on the ecosystem in which it’s developed. “What place is it created in? How does it resonate?” she asks, the notion of resonance leading her to conclude that “there is audible movement and visible movement.” This dilemma of causality begs much more inquiries with each just one it answers (“why do we need to have music to dance, when new music doesn’t need dance to be audio?”). “ECHOES” stems from the artist’s want to open new pathways for audio by means of collective movement. The resulting inquiry yields a performative exploration of the self-as-medium in which sonic and bodily gestures are conflated—we return to a pre-hierarchical appreciation of expression.


“ECHOES” is the most recent of Dâmaso’s durational general performance operates, the initial in which she invites a few other performers—Nikima Jagudajev, Tarren Johnson and Mario Petrucci Espinoza—to choose the phase with her, as a result sharing her resourceful onus. Even though the architecture and composition of this exhibition could suggest a cumulative sum of parts—(The presentation is inaugurated by a vocal and movement general performance by Dâmaso which is then broadcast about speakers. Later, around the training course of the exhibition, Jagudajev, Johnson, and Espinoza will also accomplish and make recordings, partaking with the modular, specifically-created curtains which demarcate the space.)— this perform is, in truth, a spot for investigating the likely of polyvocality, that is, the use of various, overlapping voices to crank out a sonic happening unfathomable as a solitary performer.

It is extensive understatement—false, even—to explain this occasion as a “collaboration” between artists. In Johnson’s words, “It’s a drive to share consciousness, let go of your person mind, and lucid aspiration collectively. To encounter and show up in each other’s works and fantasies.” There is a really transgressive high quality to these thoughts, of “exiting the imprisonment of the singular entire body, or singular identity” as Johnson continued. These kinds of collective exploration is the only suggests by which Dâmaso can get closer to an comprehending of the whole opportunity of human vocal expression, a gadget she laments as radically underexplored.

In bringing collectively performers with widely various backgrounds—Johnson a short while ago completed collaborating in a intensely rehearsed opera, is a classically properly trained dancer, and or else is effective with folks singing and poetry Espinoza’s experience is as a avenue functionality and Jagudajev’s background is as a choreographer—Dâmaso results in an opportunity for the fluid movement of expression throughout bodies and concerning modes. The resulting tension is triggered as the boundaries among the unique and the collective performer are dissolved and created permeable: The invitation to check out the self yields the discovery of a new, increased, ephemeral entire.


Newton’s third regulation states that for every actionable drive in nature, there is an equivalent and opposite response. In buy to attain new frontiers, there will have to be anything remaining driving. In essence, where anything is dropped, there is also a thing received.

The contradictory mother nature of this basic principle is shown evidently in “ECHOES,” exactly where the reduction of the performers’ sovereignty presents way to the solace of the larger whole. “Lara has this notion of amplification,” Espinoza tells me, “Usually, its assumed of as an act of unison, where by a lot of men and women are communicating ‘one’ message, but what is amplified listed here is the dissolution of the performer. I uncover it pretty fascinating, simply because I get to just take off the accountability of identity.”

Jagudajev, also, offered an idea of this contradiction in phrases: “I anticipate that I’ll be leaving something powering, but I don’t anticipate that I’ll be leaving with significantly less.” These mutual forces tug at the performer, creating catharsis as they get existence. The fleeting communion of bodies and voices is as a great deal a force of generation as it is of dissipation.

Olamiju Fajemisin

at KRONE COURONNE, Biel/Biennne
until finally July 16, 2022

1    See Attali, Jacques. Noise: The Political Financial system of Tunes, trans. Brian Massumi (Minneapolis: College of Minnesota Press, 1987) in James, Robin, “Conjectural Histories, Conjectural Harmonies: On Political and Musical ‘Nature’ in Rousseau’s Early Writings,” The Conjectural Overall body: Gender, Race and the Philosophy of Songs (Lexington Textbooks, 2010) p.37
2    See Rousseau, Jean-Jacques, “Essay on the Origin of Languages,” The Discourses and Other Early Political Writings, ed. Victor Gourevitch (Cambridge: Cambridge College Push, 1997) p.247-99 in James, Robin, “Conjectural Histories, Conjectural Harmonies: On Political and Musical ‘Nature’ in Rousseau’s Early Writings,” The Conjectural Body: Gender, Race and the Philosophy of Tunes (Lexington Textbooks, 2010) p.36


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