B-SIDE: JOÃO FERRO MARTINS #1
João Ferro Martins presents CATARATA
Staged concert with Joana Guerra (cello) and Isadora Alves (reading)
CATARATA: A continual volume of sound plummets from a height through the propensity of time. A sound-fall in the form of a curtain – a collective and continual flow to which André Tasso, Bruno Humberto and João Ferro Martins, musical, visual and performance artists, belong. Amid the effects-altered synthesisers, samples, drums and electric guitar, what occurs is an event defined by the combative and unifying possibilities of these sound objects. While the synthesis creates a harmonious body of sound, the guitar has the potential for pure noise. Or the mechanics created by the sampler and the hypnotic rhythms force the other elements to seek more tonal refuges. The fluidity of the rhythm and harmony, and the unavoidable acceptance of the present dictates convergences and divergences that may foster a truly productive synergy between the sound event, the musicians and the audience.
“A-side” and “B-side” refer to the two sides of a record or cassette, but they also reveal something about their contents. The A-side is typically the official side, the one that includes the hit single. The B-side is more informal and often includes a bonus track. This maat programme, developed in tandem with The Peepshow – Artists From the EDP Foundation Portuguese Art Collection, focuses on the informal side of artists, on their B-side. It aims to create space to establish a more casual relationship between the visitor and the artist. Every Saturday at the museum, we can expect the unexpected — a concert, a drawing session with a good wine, a yoga lesson about dreams — that reveals the artist’s B-side.