Sometimes the online world reveals unsuspected parallel dimensions. This is an unknown restyle of Neural independently (and secretly as we never knew about it) made by NY-based Motion and Graphic Designer, Clarke Blackham. Very nicely made, perhaps only a bit glossier for the magazine’s line, it testifies once more how even your most familiar outcomes can have another life somewhere else.
Edições Nodar, Nodar 003
This thick book, coming with two CDs, is the outcome of a three-year program of international sound art residencies made by twin brothers who have here focused on their Portuguese hometown – Nodar. Forty sound artists were involved in reading, watching and listening to the documentation of the respective projects. In the several hundred color pages of the catalogue the reader can be temporary
transferred to this place, able to glimpse at its history and inhabitants through a choir of personal and external perspectives. It’s a collective narration, sometimes distorted, sometimes enlightening, made through art projects. Nodar is clearly one of the hundreds of small gems we can find in Europe (and other places) – a village with its own culture, where natural, social, and production systems have created a strong historical legacy. The artists have enhanced the stories, details, materials, and unnoticed connections, exposing themselves to the sensitivities of the territory. The end result, which travels back and forth through time and space, is a priceless contribution to this area. The use of sound, expressed in twenty tracks, expands and somehow historicizes the experience; interpreting, testifying, archiving or sometimes simply editing a specific sensorial dimension of the village. Edited voices, noises, cries and natural sounds compose a subjective but complex and rich sound map, making this rural area residency program a successful model hopefully replicated elsewhere soon.