Sonica 2019 Joan Brossa didn’t make me
Thu 31 October — Sun 10 November 2019
Barcelona-based sound artists cabosanroque play tribute to the great Catalan writer Joan Brossa in this kinetic response to his poetry and prose works.
Drawing on Brossa’s notion of a ‘performative machine’, cabosanroque have assembled something part model landscape, part vast jerry-rigged steampunk invention. Analogue machinery – a heap of typewriters, a thicket of steel tape-measures – and household objects are turned into instruments producing a thunderous percussive soundtrack, as if the miniaturised landscape is undergoing an industrial revolution.
White light blazes up through the jiggling, rattling instruments; a paper structure like a cloud inflates and glows with inner light. This machine’s purpose may remain ambiguous, but its effect is powerful and unforgettable.
Presented as part of Sonica Glasgow 2019
Commissioned by: Temporada Alta Festival & TNC (National Theatre of Catalonia).
Co-produced by: cabosanroque, TNC (National Theatre of Catalonia), Temporada Alta Festival, La Institució de les Lletres Catalanes & Lluís Coromina Foundation.
Supported by: Institut Ramon Llull, Joan Brossa Foundation, ICEC & Eufònic Festival.