Mutation – Rio de Janeiro/ Medellín – May 11th 2019 18:33


“Mutations” are sonic photographies in fixed media, of unlimited duration, that generates a new work every new bounce/performance.

A collage of selected world walkscapes in transnational cities gets blended/mutated by a created automation process of programmed parameters, that combine the recordings in random order. Composition is treated without a deliberate decision upon sonorities or meanings. Sound Ales are considered in its material form, as an analogy to the genetic process that generates a mutation in genetic material. In this version Mutation 15/07/2019 16:21:38, sonorities from Medellín (Colômbia) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) were mutated into a new landscape of 3 min.

This work is part of the DNArchive Project, that brings the power of memory, ancestry and migration to a practice-led artistic research process with transnational people and cities around the world, as a process of recognition of historical migration and diaspora processes.

This work is in progress, alive, in mutation.

Ideally for an 8.1 system. This concert is followed by video projections.




CANDIDA BORGES (Brazil – New York/ US) 

Cândida Borges is a musician and interdisciplinary creative artist, educator, composer, researcher, currently conducting PhD research into human transhumance in contemporary music and sound art, based at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture at the Plymouth University. The project “Integrating transnationalism into transmedia composition” is motivated by the researcher’s own experience as a Brazilian born artist traveling the world to recognize her identity and ancestor’s legacy. Cândida is also a Fellow Researcher for the Antioquia University (Colômbia) and for the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), where she also has been teaching since 2009. She works as an invited Professor for international institutes, festivals and universities.
Cândida was awarded a prize from the National Foundation of Arts in Brazil and since then has been based in New York developing this research about multiculturalism into electronic music composition and methodologies of music education. She holds a bachelor’s degree (2000) and master’s degree (2005) in Piano Performance from Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ) and her career also explores technology and her abilities as a singer and songwriter. Classically trained, she has also been making music for films, ballet, theater, collaborations with DJs and producers worldwide, and especially for her own career. Cândida’s last music works has been highly billed in the international electronic scene in the US, as well as the soundtracks, workshops, conferences and installations she has been presenting around the world. She was selected in 2014 for the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program (NYFA), and in the same year invested in expertise at the Linklater Center and Meredith Monk Ensemble’s Workshop. Since then, she has been an active artist in the NYC scene, presenting concerts and works on music, performance and video installation, creating an artistic dialogue between these two media. In 2015, her video-music work “Memória e Fado” was selected and exhibited at Lorimoto Gallery (New York, 2015) curated by NYFA (New York Foundation for the Arts). In 2016, her video-music work “Reza pro mar” was selected for the “Borderless” exhibit with NYFA curation and presented in Berlin, Amsterdam and New York. In 2018, her video-music work Palm Hand, the first creation of her doctorate, was exhibited at the SAR Conference (Plymouth, UK), in the Moving Arts Lab residency (Earth Dance, Massachusetts, US) and in an exhibition for the Antioquia University (Medellin, Colombia). Cândida was also an invited participating artist at the International Interdisciplinary Artists Consortium residency, at Earthdance (IIAC, Massachusetts) in 2016, 2017, 2018 and honorably selected to be a Mentor for New York Foundation for the Arts in 2017 and 2018. She has also been a coordinator for Casa de Arte e Cultura since 2000 – a Non-Profit Organization based in Rio de Janeiro and an entrepreneur of socio-cultural projects. She curates events and programs to promote and exchange Art, Education and Culture through Brazil and the world. She writes articles for blogs and magazines about international art, as well as starring shoots and urban performances. Now she heads to the release of her new original album and two books about the worldwide known composer Egberto Gismonti.


Composition: Cândida Borges

Sound engineering: Esteban Henao

Recordings: DNArchive Team