01 Jul Nueva entrevista para VIRTUALLYREALITY
Belenish y Óscar hablaron en profundidad con el compositor Michael Brailey, director de la serie de conciertos VirtuallyReality de Manchester, en cuya temporada han estado presentes con una nueva versión personalizada de [HOC].
“I’d do it again.”
On the 13th June 2021, 10pm (BST) at 53.4849° N, 2.2296° W, percussionist Darren Gallacher “did what [he] did” in a recorded performance of Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil’s ‘[HOC]’… or did he?
How can anyone with any sense of security – geolocation services, calendar records or other forms of documentation – pinpoint any exact moment in time and space, when space-time and its quanta have always been fluctuating around/through us with cosmological anxiety at the fallibility of the present moment? These are the sorts of questions that Grenada-based composer-duo Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil flirt with on a daily basis, both personally and in their work. After the launch of our specially-commissioned video-performance of ‘[HOC]’ performed by Manchester-based percussionist Darren Gallacher as part of our fortnightly theme ‘The New Anxiety’, VIRTUALLYREALITY’s artistic director Michael Brailey spoke to Óscar Escudero & Belenish Moreno-Gil about the systems they work in; systems of digitality/virtuality, language, capital, the (Classical) music industry, and how on Earth they can hope to take a breather from it all.
[MB] I wanted to start by just asking how you are doing? I don’t ask this in a superficial way, rather because I find that navigating systems brought about by digitality or virtuality – something that crops up a lot in your work – can really take a lot of energy. I wonder if you experience any form of anxiety or if you find thinking/writing about/within these systems takes an emotional toll?
[ÓE & BM-G] From our individual experience we feel a constant tension with the need to create new, overabundant and multi-dimensional portraits of ourselves everywhere. We feel that FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is an old trauma of Millennials. FONBS (Fear of Not Becoming Spam) is the new state of play. We wickedly accept our existence as a constant generation of (ir)relevant products and this can only be accepted as the “long triumph” of capitalist logics one could not have imagined 100 years ago.
We believe that virtuality generates friction with our environment because we like to inhabit the physical world and we believe in the need to have physical agora spaces with our families, friends and colleagues. For us the dichotomy between the real and the not-real disappeared a long time ago and our identities are now more fluid than ever, but that does not mean that we have a demand for physicality in our lives. During the pandemic, we have been aware of the demand for virtual presence and we are really exhausted.
Living all this and rethinking through our art about all these issues can sometimes be painful as you question many of your daily and even intimate actions. That also responds to the disappearance of another former antagonistic combo: the online vs the offline.
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