“Cultural heritage and walkscapes in transnational cities – the Transeuntis Mundi Project”
The Transeuntis Mundi Project proposes to capture the sound and visual memory of peoples, cultures and cities of the world. In this way, it portrays diversity, mobility and generates an archive of human cultural heritage, which circulates around the world in a performative installation with immersive image and sound.
This project began in Medellín (Colombia) in 2005 under the name of “Transeuntes Medellín” (www.transeuntesmedellin.com), created by the Colombian photographer and researcher Dr. Gabriel Mário Velez. The project started with an archive of images of the endemic practice known as “Photocinería”, whose conditions of its accomplishment and historical moment correspond to a period between 1950 and 1980 of the 20th century, with particular development in Colombia. This archive of more than 600,000 35mm negative images of pedestrians and streets in downtown Medellín generated artistic works from the field of visual arts and performance, in addition to its website, which has possibilities of interaction with the public. In action since 2005, when the project won fundings from the City of Medellín to carry out a part of its investigation and identification of its archives, it generated a work called “minimal stories of anonymous passerby.” In 2007 it was set up as a research project of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antioquia and has been producing works, installations, articles, conferences, exhibitions and presentations in different cities of the world such as Havana (Cuba), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and in events linked to the arts and historical and cultural memory.
At the moment, the project “Transeuntes Medellin” blends with proposals of the PhD in Arts “DNArchive Project” (www.dnarchiveproject.com) by the Brazilian musician and researcher Cândida Borges, held at the University of Plymouth (England) since 2018. For concept, this research approaches the genetic memory given by the transhumance of the human being through geography and of the times as material of sonic / imagery / performative composition. It includes a special focus on cultural aspects resulting from the diasporas that have reached the Americas.
From this meeting, the “Transeuntis Mundi” Project was created, which proposes the addition of the local artistic practice of the “Transeuntis Medellín” project with the methodology and conceptual revision of the DNArchive Project, in order to expand its activities to other cities in the world with the use of technical, methodological and expressive resources of contemporaneity.
Its methodology employs capture and presentation in 3D / 360 degree processes in image and sound, from pedestrians on streets of city centers around the world. From this material, installation works, virtual reality, videos, photographs, sound landscapes, musical compositions and performance are created, and aim to immerse the observer / spectator into an experience beyond their space and time of existence – in the exhibition space and in the virtual environment of the internet. In short, it is a combination of knowledge, innovation and poetics, for which we use a cutting-edge transmedia technological platform capable of generating a set of works supported by the resources of artistic research.
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 sound tracks, 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, Massachussets, 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 enterpreneur 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.