Text by: Cinthia Marcelle
The Concert is part of a series of recent works by Cinthia Marcelle that intend to provoke simultaneous happenings creating an artificial connection among coincidences. The images of the happenings are always formed by an agglomeration of simultaneously situations. UNUS MUNDUS depends on the involvement and cooperation of people in Calgary, and offers the local community the opportunity to participate in the creation of the artwork as part of the M:ST 3 Audio Series.
Several participants ranging from professional musicians to those with a basic interest in music were invited to be part of an orchestra. The initiative to take part of the concert is the participants’ simple desire to express feelings through sound. Each person chooses a particular song to play or to sing in the event as well as an instrument. In a performance that involves the musical give-and-take between performers, the songs will be played one by one until they create a dissonant atmosphere that will be produced by this simultaneous set of distinct sounds. This fusion of sounds will gradually disappear according to the duration of each song until the last note is played.
The performance aspect of the piece was presented in conjunction with Mountain Standard Time Performative Art Festival 2005, October 7 - October 31, 2005. M:ST 3 events and programming are organized through the collaborative efforts of The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, Alberta College of Art and Design, EMMEDIA, The Nickle Arts Museum, The New Gallery, Stride Gallery, TRUCK Gallery, Walter Phillips Gallery, and The Southern Alberta Art Gallery.
Cinthia Marcelle lives and works in Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil where she has been exhibiting work individually and as part of the Group VEM!!! Since she received her fine arts degree in 1999 from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Marcelle has presented performances in her MIP-International Manifestation of Performance (Belo Horizonte, 2003). Marcelle has also completed residency programs in Cape Town/SA in collaboration with Very Real Time.