Join Teresa Cos for a screening on two recent works combining image and sound emphasising a “collective hypnosis permeating our society”. The mechanical repetition of everyday rituals presented in the first video “Eight Chapters in Four Movements” will be seen in relation to the mesmeric reiteration of socio-political concepts of the second one “Astrology of a Friday”. The result in both cases is a sort of absurd dynamic stagnation.
EIGHT CHAPTERS IN FOUR MOVEMENTS
London Bridge is crossed every morning at the same time by thousands of commuters forming a river moving unidirectionally South to North. The scene is iconic and has been impressed many times in the news, films, documentaries, lullabies and poetry. I observed for some time this phenomenon and calculated with rough mathematics the average pace of the commuters, which resulted of 113 BPM. I decided to impersonate this rhythm, walking robotically in the crowd following the beat of a metronome, but developing four movements that engage and disrupt the linear conception of time embodied by the flow. The movements are intended as four different stages of a ritual and are repeated constantly from 8am to 9am. The performance was documented in first person with an unnoticeable video device fixed to my chest and the entire filmed footage is shown uncut in a life-size video installation. The work is accompanied by a sound piece consisting of the key words of Henri Lefebvre’s ‘Rythmanalysis’, spoken continuosly for one hour at 113 BPM and it includes fragments of music mixed with ambience sounds, as well as references to Steve Reich’s ‘Clapping Music’. The recorded action and soundtrack are phased and only synchronise at the video’s start and end.
ASTROLOGY OF A FRIDAY
The film was shot in the General Assembly Room of the Province of Limburg’s Government Building, where on the 7th of February 1992 the signing ceremony of the Treaty on European Union (the Maastricht Treaty) took place. Whilst the lights of the eighteen pointed star ceiling perform a choreography that goes in and out of sync with the soundtrack, we hear a non- European voice reading the hopeful words of the preamble to the Treaty.
Teresa Cos investigates the human condition, understood as the endless negotiation between the self and the other and between the individual and society, seen as one and the same. Her range of approaches, which include and combine still and moving image, sound, performance and scoring, are informed by her diverse backgrounds in architecture, documentary photography, and live music. Teresa’s work has been recently exhibited at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale, the MOSTYN Gallery in Wales and the Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation in Venice. She has been attending international residency programs such as the Botin Foundation in Santander with artist Tacita Dean and more recently the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht.
The Music Hackspace programme is supported with public funding by Arts Council England.