CERNa, Salvador

is a project to research fundamental structures of acoustic particles within different global
environments. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The
process gives the researchers clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the
fundamental laws of artistic nature.

The project CERNa was created for the residency Vila Sul, Goethe-Institut, Salvador, Brasil. The idea was to find artisitc particles, therefore create criteria of research, and go into dialog and arts production. A big topic of the idea of CERNa navigated around the historical and also nowadays positioning of Europeans in Brazil and the projection surface of Europe for Brazilians. The two geographical entities struggle to balance the relationship, due to history and self understanding. An attempt for redirectioning the self-conception was to define oneself together with other countries to the construct of Global South. Sounding sitations (Milena Kipfmüller & Klaus Janek) created the format CERNa by taking in consideration all this attempts and topics of balance, and researched artists, having to re-adjust and revisit the criteria many times. By finding the artists, the idea of the together creation took place in a day of getting to know, debate and decide together, what a potential result could be. Therefore the 6 active artists share the authorship. In order to create a transparency in the discourse, 6 interviews were held before hand and answers were found to following questions:

What is your subjective definition of arts in music?
Where do you find artistic content inside instrumental music?
How does the process of arts creation work in your practice?
How to imagine instrinsic economy in arts production?
What kind of dissipation is absolutely necessary in the artistic production?

The excerpt of the answers became the “overture” of a concert event held by the invited artists: Jean Souza, Christian Figueró, Heitor Dantas, Edbrass Brazil, Milena Kipfmüller and Klaus Janek. The excerpts of the interview became musical presence by being core sounding elements of Milenas instrument.

The project happend in a histrical interesting space by the architect Lina BoBardi, the Coaty. The space merge the old colonial buildings, with modern architecture, concrete with nature that grows through the building. Dramaturgical advisor: Jens Dietrich
The residency of Vila Sul, Goethe-Institut, Salvador was supported by Goethe Institut Salvador and Robert Bosch Stiftung.