We started the day with an unforeseeable visit from the whole team of Baltazar Dias [Madeira's National Theatre] showing interest in understanding how everything worked. They were also very surprised as they discovered that Sara, for her piece, will paint the floor white and make marks on it, having to then erase everything in the end, for we must return the floor's colour to its usual grey!
João Viveiros came in the afternoon. He analysed various fragments and expressly asked about one of them, which had been inspired on Scrabble and functioned according to thermodynamic principles. In the end, he instead worked on another one, more poetic, with three lines drawn with a thin brush. These took him to start powerfully on a blitz-like stormy entry, to then gradually refine the texture, forcing it to go sparse, its particles rarified. During recordings, there too came up to us a man who discovered us on the Cultural Bureau's physical programme and who had until then never heard of PIPINOIR. We were pleased to get him acquainted with the space.
Lastly, Tiago Lopes appeared with his rajão, to improvise with that ancient-harp-like sound on a text that speaks of 'Monkeys, Primates heading towards Depression', created using some OULIPO techniques. Tiago became interested in the quest for a certain lack of semantic intention and explained to us that he likes to think about the inevitability of some things, all with incidental proper shapes and features, which happen independently of plans, schemes, structures or forms sustaining them.
At the end of the day, we managed to go support Punk D'Amour [the band Mariana and Filipe are part of] at their concert in Santa Cruz. They brought on stage more percussion than usual and were bombarded with an unprompted psychedelic light design. Above all, as always, there were so, so good!
Photographs by Sara Rodrigues