Revolution can never stop

In its first iteration, Revolution can never stop was a composition for stones, shells, pututu, and feedback performed in Lima and New York. In between these two performances, a dream surfaced. A stone the size of a baby carried a pool of water, as it was being rocked from side to side. It suddenly became a shell, carrying the same body of water, rocking from side to side. And then it was just the water on a table, fingers freely brushing through it lightly. What followed was an experiment in oneiric composition; what would happen if one were to compose after dreams. In an attempt to flesh out this dream, a series of drawings were made with the intention of bringing it closer to the dimension of performance. Over the course of the residency with Works on Water in Governors Island, composing the piece developed in tandem with the writing of a letter to a close friend abroad, who currently cannot visit this country. This interdependency of moving, sounding, sculpting, writing, and listening, developed daily, brought forth the re-appearance of a deeply repressed memory, which in turn imbued the space with renewed symbolic charge. Collaborators came over the last two weeks to play a series of duos using the evolving score.

The space is inhabited by objects, instruments, and sculptures sourced from the shores of Lima and New York. A five-minute loop records everything audible endlessly. The rises and bends of the wind and the river generate originary movement, the residue of which is gathered in strata of sound. Observations of affects brought about by the sound are written down when noticed. The score keeps growing as it is performed. Moments where the recording is interrupted by itself are notated in order for them to be woven back inwards, to the flood of sounds, smoothly back, into waves, as they recur. Mistakes are like points of fear, healing, to be feared no longer. A series of overcomings, oceans of sound: Revolution can never stop is an exploration of notation as fieldwork and the potential of performance to be an experimental form of psychoanalytic inquiry

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