Absurdity: A distributed performance using LiveSHOUT with members from the Female Laptop Orchestra (FLO).

Franziska Schroeder* (Producer), Matilde Meireles (Performer)

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Abstract

“Absurdity” is based around a short excerpt from of one of Portugal’s most mysterious, elusive and peculiar writers, Fernando Pessoa. Pessoa’s multiplicities and his ways of thinking about life, engendering ideas that can feel manic-depressive, filled with buckets of self-pity, while being able to scratch the innermost parts of one’s soul, lie at the heart of this distributed performance.

Members of FLO streamed sounds from several distributed places, including Crete, Italy, Brazil and the UK, while Franziska and Matilde delivered fragmented excerpts (in both English and Portuguese) alongside the LiveSHOUT streams. The idea of distributed creativity, where we combine sounds from several sites, inspired by Pessoa’s plurality of thoughts and philosophies; his multiplicities, his fictionality and his self alienation, led to a performance that aimed to be absurd, dispersed, fragmented and multiple.

“I've always belonged to what isn’t where I am and to what I could never be”. (Pessoa In: Ciuraru, 2012).
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2020

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    Distributed Listening: Society for Musicology in Ireland Panel on Digital Technologies

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