25. Ana Guedes


Ana Guedes is a multidisciplinary artist from Portugal who lives and works in the Hague. She works with sound, video, installation and performance. Her research focuses on the 'dialectic of tuning'. Within this framework, she investigates the working of memory with the intention to recreate situations, thus evoking a 'presence'. Through subjective interpretations of the ability to instrumentalise objects, she creates catalysts for thinking and contemplation. Her project 'UNTITLED RECORDS' is a performative sound installation that interweaves historical and emotional narratives through the 'instrumentalisation' of a collection of vinyl records. An ensemble of Arduino-powered prepared record players is built as an instrumentation to play an intimate selection from a family archive of popular music, 'A set of records carefully shipped home from a country at war forty years ago.' The vinyls were purchased in Angola, Portugal and Canada from the 60s to the early 80s and have travelled over three continents. Stained by the passage of time, scratched, with their covers eaten by moths, the records are signed and dated; they exist as passive witnesses of a displacement in time and space. Each date and signature is a coordinate, a clue in the reconstruction of a map tracing complex historical occurrences splitting into an infinite number of threads. The multi-arm record players, on which several timelines can be played, intertwine the juxtaposition of temporalities and imagined narratives trapped within the collection.


Ana Guedes' project 'UNTITLED RECORDS' fits into our idea of finding new ways to compose very seamlessly. Her archival approach and its political and personal implications are the starting point of this work. Because she uses and records the archive, the end result almost turns out to be a DJ set. This 'other way' to come to sound is an interesting phenomenon. Also the way in which she approaches the technical implementation of possibilities to program the record players is interesting, especially regarding, for example, the idea of 'schematics as a score'.

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