El Porvenir: August 1996 is based on footage of a skating performance that happened on August 11th 1996 at Club El Porvernir (The Future Club) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was set to the music of Maurice Ravel’s Boléro.
Cecilia Lopez’s multidisciplinary practice combines music, installation, and performance usually highlighting the materiality and resonant qualities of sound. Lars Laumann often makes narrative documentary-style videos based on found footage as portraits, telling intimate stories from the outskirts of popular culture as the universal struggle of the outsider. After months of weekly cross-Atlantic conversations during tumultuous times, the artists’ different practices have converged in a piece that reflects on the fragility of the artistic process and the bravery needed to master a new craft. Challenging each other’s practice and convening a space of humorous vulnerability, six video fragments will be set to a prepared piano and electronics score, performed live by Lopez.
Lars Laumann and Cecilia Lopez met in 2015 during a residency at Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Umbria, Italy). Since then they have collaborated in several projects. Lopez did the soundtrack for Laumann’s film Season of Migration to the North, premiered at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo. After participating together at Rupert Residency (Vilnius Lithuania), they presented the sound installation Winds of Change as part of the show The (In)visible Dreams and Streams which was produced in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Offices in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
This performance will be presented virtually and available for free on a variety of streaming platforms. Our theater is currently closed for public performances as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the safety measures that Roulette has put in place to keep staff, artists, and the public safe.
Cecilia Lopez: prepared piano and electronic
Lars Laumann: video
Cecilia Lopez is a composer, musician and multimedia artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina currently based in New York. Her work explores perception and transmission processes focusing on the relationship between sound technologies and listening practices. She works across the media of performance, sound, installation and the creation of sound devices and systems. Lopez holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College and an MA from Wesleyan University in composition (2016). Her work has been performed and exhibited at Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (AR), Center for Contemporary Arts (Vilnius, Lithuania), Roulette Intermedium, Issue Project Room, Ostrava Days Festival 2011 (Ostrava, Czech Republic), MATA Festival 2012, Experimental Intermedia, Fridman Gallery (NY), Kunstnernes Hus (Oslo, Norway) and the XIV Cuenca Biennial, among others. She was a Civitella Ranieri fellow in 2015 and has participated in various international residency programs.
Lars Laumann lives and works in Brønnøysund, Norway. He is mostly known for his narative video work, like Berlinmuren (2008) that debuted at the Berlin Biennial and was later shown at places like The Liverpool Biennial, Tate Modern and MoMA. Solo exhibitions include Kompendium, Kunstneres Hus, Oslo; The Anti-Social Majority, Kunsthall Oslo; Morrissey Foretelling the Death of Diana, White Columns, New York; The Hidden, Maureen Paley, London and Self titled solo exhibitions at Maureen Paley, London, Foxy Production, New York and VI, VII, Oslo. Selected screenings and group exhibitions of the artist’s work include: PARADOX. Positions in Norwegian video art 1980–2010, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo; Free, New Museum, New York; 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, Berlin; As Long As It Lasts, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; MoMA; New York; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Like A Virgin, VI, VII, Oslo; Touched: Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK.