“Mutations” are artistic organisms, of unlimited duration, that generates a new work every new bounce/performance. Composition is done in real time by live interaction of the composer with field recordings from the DNArchive Project, in audio and image.
A selection of world walkscapes in transcultural cities gets blended/mutated by a special digital compositional process, that transmutates the sound and image into a transgenic work. Acting as a DNA enzyme, the compositional process acts combining randomness with sound/video processing to digest 360 and ambisonic recordings of transcultural places. This is an analogy to the genetic process of mutation, that produces diversity in biological organisms. This work produces diversity in artistic landscapes, in real time for each performance and specific for a site installation system.
Each mutation carries a place/date/time in its name. In this version Mutation 15/07/2019 16:21:38 is a sonic photography in which Medellín (Colômbia) and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) were mutated and combined 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 PhD artistic research about trancultural people and cities around the world, as a process of recognition of historical migration and diaspora events.
This work is in progress, alive, in mutation.
CANDIDA BORGES (Brazil – New York/ US)
Cândida Borges is a Brazilian musician and interdisciplinary creative artist, educator, composer, researcher based in NYC (US). She is currently conducting a research into human transhumance in transmedia composition as a PhD Candidate at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of Plymouth University (UK). Her research is motivated by the researcher’s own experience as a Latin born artist traveling the world to recognize her identity and ancestor’s legacy. Master and Bachelor in Piano Performance, Cândida is a Fellow Researcher for the Antioquia University (Colômbia) and for the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), where she has been an Associate professor since 2009. She also works as an invited Professor for international institutes, festivals and universities, as Montclair State University (USA); Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia); Moving Arts Lab Festival (USA); Universidad Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ/ Brazil), among others.
Cândida was awarded a prize from the National Foundation of Arts in Brazil to study Electronic Music Production at Sound and Audio Engineering Institute (NYC). Since then she has been developing an international career working as a musician and composer, for films, solo and in collaboration with producers like Dan Freeman (Comandante Zero/US), Corey Baker (Touch of Class/US) e Rami Abousabe (US), Max Wild (343 Labs/US), Alê Siqueira (SP), Deeplick (SP) e Patife (Bahtekum Records/SP). Cândida’s last music works has been highly billed in the international electronic scene, as well as the filmtracks, workshops, conferences and installations she has been presenting worldwide.
Since 2014 she has been part of the New York Foundation for the Arts Immigrant Artist Program (NYFA) as a mentor and artist. As an interdisciplinary artist, she has been dedicating her practice and studies to the Linklater Center, Viewpoints and Meredith Monk Ensemble’s Workshop. 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 from 2017 to 2019. 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