Expanding Concert (2019 – 2023)

Mattin, Margarida Garcia, DJ Marfox, Vuduvum Vadavã, João Artur 

The 2023 edition of Expanding Concert (Lisbon 2019 – 2023) features Mattin performing with Margarida Garcia, DJ Marfox, Vuduvum Vadavã and João Artur on September 9 at Torreão Nascente da Cordoaria Nacional. The response in text form will come by Nuno da Luz.

Expanding Concert (Lisbon 2019 – 2023) is a five-year concert distributed in time and space through different mediums: 5 public interventions in 5 different galleries in Lisbon and 5 texts. This concert explores the notion of call and response in improvisation in an expanded form: each public intervention is a form of call. As a response, a writer will be asked to attend the intervention and to write a text about it after. These responses will attempt to contextualise the intervention in relation to the artistic, political, and economic situation of Lisbon at the time. Expanding Concert is a long-improvised concert attempting to think itself historically while it is happening.

Previous editions:

2019 – Galeria da Boavista: Mattin, response by Bárbara Silva

2020 – Pavilhão Branco: Mattin with Margarida Garcia, response by Regina de Morais

2021 – Galeria Avenida da Índia: Mattin with Margarida Garcia and DJ Marfox, response by Pierre Bal-Blanc

2022 – Galeria Quadrum: Mattin with Margarida Garcia, DJ Marfox and Vuduvum Vadavã, response by Dasha Birukova

Mattin is an artist from Bilbao – living in Berlin – working with noise and improvisation. 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 performers and instruments, but as a situation involving all the elements that constitute a concert situation, including the audience and the social and architectural space. He has recently completed a PhD at the University of the Basque Country under the supervision of Ray Brassier and Josu Rekalde. Along with Anthony Iles they edited the book Noise & Capitalism in 2009. In 2012 CAC Brétigny and Tuamaturgia published Unconstituted Praxis, a book collecting his writing plus interviews and reviews from performances that he has been part of. Both books are available online. Urbanomic has recently published his monograph “Social Dissonance”. Mattin participated in documenta14 in Athens and Kassel (2017).

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