During September and most of October Lolo y Sosaku have been taking part in a residency in O Espaço do Tempo, Portugal. This will culminate in an exhibition due to open on October the 15th.
After all the speed and energy of Shanghai, it took Lolo y Sosaku a few days to settle into the more sedate rhythm of this particular residency. However, when they did, it had quite an influence on the work they produced during their time there. Situated in an old convent in the small town of Montemor O Novo, this quiet little corner of Portugal forced the duo to slow down and reconsider the ideas they had had in mind.
During the first week, they needed to buy materials and took a truck to the nearest town 100 kilometres away. On this journey, the landscape effected quite a change in them, the stillness of the oak trees in the dry fields under the hot midday sun calmed their frenetic minds. As time passed, their concept regarding the sound element of their work was transformed. They decided that instead of amplifying the installations - which they would normally do to increase and enhance the sounds made by the sculptural works - they would allow for the ambient sounds to work with the incidental music of the motorised art works. Thus, the random sounds coming from the environment would become an integral part of the overall sound.
The exhibition ("Montania") is not open yet, and unfortunately we have not seen the full documentation of these works. However, the photos in this short article are a sneaky preview and as soon as we have more images, we will be sure to post them here and on our Facebook page - so keep checking back or follow our social media pages for updates.
If you happen to be in the area, remember the opening night is Saturday October 15th and the exhibition runs until November 4th, all welcome!
Montania - Lolo y Sosaku
Galeria Contemporanea do Camara Municipal do Montemoro o Novo, Terreiro do São João de Deus, 7050, Montemoro o Novo, Portugal.
Opening - 18.30pm on October 15th, the show will run until November 4th.