*Limited edition of 150 copies.* The new record by Tropa Macaca brings together two pieces, Animais Sintéticos and Aerossol, which were previously presented in an exhibition context, at gnration in Braga and at PADA in Barreiro, in the years 2022 and 2020, respectively. Both exhibitions, which took the title of the pieces, presented themselves as immersive installations that allied music to Joana da Conceição's paintings and videos. These two exhibitions are different pacts between the audible and the visible, and of both with the world.
Here are the texts that accompanied the exhibitions, as well as links to visual report.
Animais Sintéticos, gnration, Braga, 2022
The exhibition Animais Sintéticos exists like a landscape, the kind we remember when we are not there, alive, but suspended inside us. Enigmatic for us who created them, they accompany us, and if we imagine that one day they had a beginning, an original referent outside of us, the time they have already spent with us forces us to doubt that this is so. Time has uprooted them, torn them from that place. We look closer, we reflect, we examine, we meditate, and when, as in a quantum leap, we originate what becomes there, we believe that it has always been there, that we have crossed the glass, that we have come close to the mystery. It is a landscape like this that is offered in this exhibition. One of those that say more about us than about the world, at a time when we already know what we already felt, that we are not the world. An exercise in quantum paleontology, where the painting, the music, and the moving image are echoes of this place we inhabit, between promise and ruin. A confrontation, in the form of an elegy, in search of reconciliation.
Aerossol, PADA with the support of OUT.RA, Barreiro, 2020
Aerossol came from Tropa Macaca's music piece of the same name; an unpublished work that forms part of the exhibition. Like a hand throwing whelks, or a ghost travelling metres ahead of its own form, music has illuminated Joana da Conceição in the preparation of this exhibition, which brings together work from the last three years. These are paintings of varying heights and widths, presented in a large composition of proportions and volumes that is intellectually sensualist, physically free, inspired by transience, erosion and creation, and animated by the company and encounters that living beings share with each other and with things.
Music composed and performed by Tropa Macaca
Recorded by Miguel Abras
Mixing by Tó Pinheiro da Silva
Mastering and lacquer cut by Helmut Erler, D&M
Painting by Joana da Conceição
Photography by Bruno Lopes