Following in the footsteps of sound artist Sol Rezza and performance artist Claire Serres, the Brazilian composer and media artist André Damião holds the Radio Art Residency’s third scholarship. Damião works transversally between the fields of music and electronic art. His work reflects critically on the genre of electronic art by employing mobile, interactive music with portable electronic devices. In São Paulo Damião was developing a Noise Crowd (Bloco Ruído) as a Carneval group, which crosses the city centre on Ash Wednesdays making noise with self-built electronic instruments. During his residence at Radio CORAX the artist extends this practice of mobile sound art to the radio.
The idea of the Bloco Ruído is to leave the concert room, as a first premise. It’s a very naive premise in a sense: let’s take the speakers out to the street. But then when you do that lots of other elements are brought up to your perception. It changes the model of performance, the model of thinking about music and the process of making music. And, it puts in question the idea of the composer, of the performer, the idea of the audience.
André Damião graduated in Composition at the State University of São Paulo (UNESP), and is a PhD student in Sonology at the University of São Paulo (USP). His works have been presented at the 30th São Paulo Art Biennial, at the Science Gallery in London and at the Mata Festival in New York, among others.
André Damião, Photo: Marcus-Andreas Mohr
Bloco Ruído in São Paulo; Photo: André Damião