wednesday 26 april – 7.30pm


Mattin/Miguel Prado (Basque Country/E/GB) feat. Margherita Morgantin/Martina/Raponi (I/GB)

Evacuation of the Voice

performance, italian première, production Xing/Live Arts Week
project initiated by Mattin & Miguel Prado
performed by Margherita Morgantin & Martina Raponi

wednesday 26 april – 6>10pm


Mattin/Miguel Prado (Basque Country/E/GB)

Evacuation of the Voice

sound installation, italian première

Evacuation of the Voice is a project developed by Mattin and Miguel Prado since 2011. The two met in A Coruña in 2007, and since then have shared their long running interest in voice within the context of improvisation and noise. The urge for the ‘evacuation of the voice’ appears from its inseparability from the ‘dismantling of the face’, identified as the vehicle for the representation of the ‘I’ in capitalism. In 2014 at Serralves Museum in Porto, the artists presented ten sessions of one hour each where they tried to performatively evacuate the voice from their bodies, resorting to a process of ‘subjective depersonalization’. The distancing from the thinking with the refusal of generic aesthetic idioms emerges as strategy to try to ‘understand our psychological, physiological and neurobiological conditions from an outsider’s perspective’. The recordings of the ten sessions are now published together by Serralves with theoretical reflections by the artists, thinkers and philosophers as contributions for the necessary analyses of the results, and they they could be heard as a sound installation at CAR DRDE gallery. The forthcoming performance of the Evacuation of the Voice by Margherita Morgantin & Martina Raponi at P420 gallery for Live Arts Week constitutes the continuation of the project, in a new way to socialize further the Evacuation of the Voice and gain a new level of perspective about the process.

Mattin is a Basque artist working with noise and improvisation. His work seeks to address the social and economic structures of experimental music production through live performance, recordings and writing. Using a conceptual approach, he aims to question the nature and parameters of improvisation, specifically the relationship between the idea of ‘freedom’ ‘and constant innovation that it traditionally implies, and the established conventions of improvisation as a genre. Mattin considers improvisation not only as an interaction between musicians and instruments, but as a situation involving all the elements that constitute a concert, including the audience and the social and architectural space. He tries to expose the stereotypical relation between active performer and passive audience, producing a sense of strangeness and alienation that disturbs this relationship.

Miguel Prado is the story of a person’s life told from his birth to his death, detailing his deeds achieved and failures, and everything of significant interest to the same. His biography (Greek βίος, bios, ‘life’ and γρᾶφειν, grāfein, ‘write’) usually takes the form of a expository story frequently narrated in the third person of the life of a real person from birth to death or to the present. In its most complete form, Miguel Prado also explains his actions according to the social, cultural and political context of the time attempting to reconstruct documentarily, his thoughts and figure. Miguel Prado can be recorded in the form of audio, visual or writing.

Margherita Morgantin is an italian visual artist born in Venice who lives and works in Milan. She took a degree at the Department of Technical Physics of the Venice University Institute of Architecture researching on systems for forecasting natural light. She teaches Artistic Anatomy at Accademy of Fine Arts in L’Aquila. Her work is articolated through different languages, ranging from drawing and installation to performance, and moving on a thread that connects language, philosophy, mathematics and visual culture. Contact and cohabitation, observation and imagination, are the open intervals that characterize the work of Morgantin.  She has contributed to many group shows and festivals in Italy and abroad. Recent projects of hers include: Ricettivo Nouveau, Garage Carcani, Rome, IV vetrina, Libreria delle Donne di Milano (2016), Traduzioni, Carcere di San Vittore, corridoio Raggio 1, Milano (2014), 190cm, Venice Dance Biennale (2014), 2-495701, Galleria Continua in San Gimignano (2013). Margherita Morgantin has published a book of short texts and drawings, Titolo variabile (Quodlibet 2009), and co-authored Agenti autonomi e sistemi multiagente with Michele Di Stefano (Quodibet 2012). She also published Wittgenstein (Nottetempo 2016) in which she confronts, with dexterity and humour, some aphorisms taken from the last Wittgenstein’s On Certainty by means of her drawings. She has collaborated with sound/visual artists, performers and choreographers such as Michele Di Stefano/mk, Richard Crow and Italo Zuffi.

Martina Raponi, italian writer and researcher, lives and works in Amsterdam. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna and is alumna of the Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam. She is interested in the writing practice beyond the written word, in noise, and the politics of noise and voice. Author of Strategie del Rumore (Auditorium Edizioni 2015), she is an editor for Digicult.