Monthly Archives: December 2010

They live in the same city though they don´t know about each other.

This blog is intended to be a platform for exchange and dialogue between the two cities, Curitiba and Los Angeles, as a processual development of the artistic residency of Octavio Camargo at Outpost for Contemporary Art (LA), in the period of Jan/Feb, 2001, in collaboration with Occidental University, and other partners institutional and private. (The Cultural Departments of the two cities, The University of Music And Fine Arts of Paraná, The National Performance Network)

The proposal of the residency is to form collaborative relationships in Los Angeles and develop a city-based project about live memory and connectivity between artists and social communities from Los Angeles and Curitiba, through songs, story-telling, theatre actions and performances. The project will culminate in a final artistic presentation for the public of Los Angeles.

The period of the residency will be from January 14th to March 4th – 2011. Much of the scope of the project is open for additions of the participants and depends on presencial interaction and research, though there is a series of activities which are already scheduled. The objective of this initial menu is to motivate cultural exchange through the identification of convergences among people and ideas, approximate paralell researchs in the two cities and facilitate the unfolding of dialogue, work and friendship.

– Workshop of experimental composition in popular music – at Occidental, in on-line collaboration with the Oficina de Musica de Curitiba, with Chico Mello and Octavio Camargo – from January 20th – 29th

Name of the workshop:
Experimental Composition in Popular Music
Teachers: Chico Mello (Curitiba) and Octavio Camargo (LA)

Brief: To stimulate experimentation, improvisation and creation of compositional concepts and facilitate the opening of creative paths in the conventional grammar of popular music – Songs, instrumental music. Discussions about the basic concepts of composition and aesthetics and also about the methods to develop a personal artistic voice. Practice of proposals (exercises) of composition, improvisation and arrangements (transcriptions) that reflect upon the concepts discussed. Listening and comparative analyzes of works from a variety of genders and stiles. The course is addressed to composers, conductors, instrument players, new media artists, actors, singers, poets, performers and visual artists.

1) Instruments (independent of the conventional skill for playing them)
2) objects (or equipment) that may produce sound or noise of any type
3) materials for writing graphic parts and conventional scores

Materials for the workshops

1) 2 rooms of silent surroundings (ideally a space full one with a piano and a blackboard, and a smaller room for paralel activities)
2) sound equipment for recordings and editing (two computers with good internet connection, web cam, video camera, copy machine and printer for scores, projector and sound equipment, specially for voice and instruments (mixer, microphones, amp and speakers)

I add here a few links about the institutions and the artists involved.
Chico Mello – opera

Octavio Camargo – performance (2002)

Songs composed for the theatre play – “a vida como ela é” – 2009.

Call for participants in Curitiba – (oficina de música)
Website of the Oficina de Música of Curitiba

– 4 lectures on different themes that may interest a wider range of students and also be opened for the general public.

1 – Oral tradition: The legacy of hellenism in the development of neo-latin languages. The experience of staging Homer in Brazil.

2 – The contemporary production of songs in Curitiba and the creation of circuits and contexts for oral poetry outside the mainstream of the cultural industry.

3 – Site specificity and urban Interventionism in Brazil. Historical background, major influences, contemporary production and the initiatives of Surface Tension projects in Curitiba.

4 – Live memory of groups and communities of social risk. The touching areas of contemporary museology and site specificity in artistic practice. The case study in Brazil of the Museum of Favela (MUF) in Rio de Janeiro and the Museum of Periphery of Sitio Cercado (MUPE), in Curitiba.

– A Pannel for discussion of Cultural Policies in Brazil, US and Europe.
The brasilian Ministry of Culture is relatively new compared to other countries. It was created only in 1985 as an autonomous department of the brasilian government. Formerly it shared the same budget with education and sports. Now (2010) many important issues and laws for the institucionalization of Culture are under discussion in the Congress. The opportunity to view these propositions and compare them with policies developed in US and Europe would be very elucidative and help the compreension of the inter-sign between culture and politcs.

– Exchange among contemporary artistc groups in the two cities through the identification of parallel actions. As an example I posted in this blog a short fragment of Paulo Leminski, a very influential poet in Curitiba (1944 – 1989) who translated Fante´s “Ask the Dust” to portuguese. His work has generated a series of contemporary initiatives on stage. Participants are invited to feed the blog with information about parallel convergences between the two cities.