During lunchtime, Manuel called us to tell us about this disastrous accident that had just happened in the morning during Festa do Monte [one of the most mattering religious festivities of Madeira]. Some people died, so he advised us to ponder about postponing the inauguration onto another day. With the accelerated and full-directed preparation processes going on, and not quite knowing how to react to this, we headed down to PIPINOIR nonetheless. With the sound installation all sorted and tuned, and with food and drinks ready downstairs, at 5 pm we received this phone call informing us that a regional mourning had been declared for the following three days.
As soon as we further learned about the event that had happened, and in agreement with the institutional mourning, we thence changed Taxonomy's opening to Friday at the same time. We sent a message to everyone and remained there, solely with this strange weighty air.
Even so, we decided to stay in the space and still warmly receive those who, not knowing about the sociopolitical context, could nonetheless come by our door. Two of them were Mark, a musical software programmer who teaches at the Royal College of Arts at the Hague in Holland, and Pau, a visual artist who taught at the University of Madeira. We talked a lot and, surprisingly, in Portuguese with both…
Photograph by Mariana B. Camacho