Temporal form

2006, DVD, vídeo instalation, color, sound, 5’ 2’’.

Performer: Nicasio Gradaille, Diego  García Rodríguez, Ana Cristina Lopes, Cristina Barriga, Elena González, Begoña González, Alba Barreiro, Rubén López, Pablo Salgueiro, Antonio Ocampo, David González. Camera: Xoán Anleo. Edition: Roberto Martín Gálvez. Colaboration: Jorge Quintana, Conservatorio Superior de Música de Vigo. Location: Conservatorio Superior de Música, Vigo. Premiere: Xoán Anleo. Mirar sen que nada responda, Galería Ad Hoc, Vigo, 2007.

During the 2005-06 academic year I attended classes in contemporary music at Vigo Conservatory of Music which gave me the chance to observe orchestra rehearsals. Forma temporal is a narrative work arising from this experience, in which image and sound run side by side. It is a demanding piece as the viewer must listen with the gaze in order to perceive the intercrossings between visual and audio tracks.

During rehearsal, the musicians interiorize a composition, in an acute internalisation of every feature of the sound, the instruments. Sound must be explored, genres experienced and new practices investigated. This is a personal process demanding effort and concentration, and the concert itself, as a collective experience, generates multiple synergies.

The voice, its vibration in space, allows a sound experiment involving the whole body. The body becomes a medium for creating a resonant space. Voice provides emotional tension, an impulse which grows and fades; it carves out sonic images. In Forma Temporal sound – given the fact that absolute silence does not exist – is shown in all its power, in its capacity to occupy space and so subvert it.

The cognitive process of listening connects the unconscious with external space. A connection is established between sound and intra-psychic processes. It is through interpretation – those who perform the work in a particular place/space – that the interaction arises between physical space and the sound space captured in the score and perceived independently. The act of listening articulates the movement of sound in space.