[Custom #1]




The first work of the Custom #X series; 5 “DIY” (Do It Yourself) pieces, which have to be pre-produced by the performers via the recording of several video extracts.


Due to the strong role of the text, the piece starts following a well established itinerary, which has its starting point in a very concrete situation: a video-tutorial on how to be successful in social networks. However, the succession of the events will mislead the audience into a constant reorder of the hierarchies, creating a temporal and spatial multiplicity in which the piece “takes place”. This kind simultaneity, very typical of our daily experience as online users, becomes crucial in the development of the concert situation.


Taking advantages of a flat time and space as native environments, we can sketch an analogy with the description Spanish philosopher María Zambrano writes about temporal perception in dreams. Zambrano speaks about absence of emptiness, a term that we could clearly implement to our online nature. A status quo in which it is impossible to distinguish between present and past, the original action and the displayed one and, within the piece’s dramaturgy, between the performers’ identity and that “interested reality” in which they are virtually indexed. Through the “customization” process, the players build a synthetic reality, expressly created from their digital footprint, which interact with them live during the performance.


This piece finds two extensions in [Custom #1.2] and [Custom #1.3], affecting mostly to their instrumentation (both expand the percussion into a ensemble), their text and general content.


The video projection of this piece is personalized by the performers via the recording of several fragments, which are treated and indexed into the final project. The performers’ personal profiles on different social networks also are used as a digital stage. Thus, they fix their identity and the here-and-now of every performance. Together with the score, some instructions and video examples are provided, which have to be followed in the recording. Besides, the team of BELOS Editions will assist them during the whole process, so as to achieve the best outcomes.

Óscar Escudero