Expanding Concert

Mattin, Bárbara Silva

Expanding Concert will be a four year long concert (2019-2023) distributed in time and space through different media: 5 public interventions in 5 different galleries in Lisbon and 5 texts published in the city.
The concert will be initiated by the invitation of a single artist but it will gradually expand; first by interacting with the audience, then by asking writers to response to each intervention and finally by inviting other musicians to collaborate on the next interventions.

This concert will explore 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 afterwards. These responses will attempt to contextualize the intervention in relation to the artistic, political and economic situation of Lisbon at the time. For the following intervention another musician based in Lisbon will be asked to join and respond to the text as a way to open up the process. Each public intervention works as a proposition exploring our self-perception at a specific given time and place. By contrast the responses will be written outside of these public moments, taking its own time and allowing for reflection on broader issues such as different urban changes taking place in the city. One can think here of structural silences that in this particular case will take months.
The interventions will be documented and at the end a publication will be made, formed of documentation of the concerts and the texts.
Expanding Concert will be a durational concert attempting to think itself historically while it is happening. www.mattin.org

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