Distances at the end of the month explores new forms of contact at a distance in a musical performance cycle to be staged on the last Saturdays of May, June and July. The different actions will be adapted to and attempt to resolve the proximity and/or distancing of each phase of the lockdown de-escalation. Distances is a mutable cycle of experimentation in which the invited artists – rebe, Chico Blanco, Ikram Bouloum, Jessica Boston and Desert – challenge the physical format of the concert, presenting a mixed programme in which digital is not an alternative, but has been integrated into its very conception, while being freed from the limitations of the Museum walls.
The cycle starts on Saturday 30 May with rebe and Chico Blanco, two key figures from what has been dubbed the ‘bedroom producers’, artists whose world evolves within the limits of their own room, where they compose, produce and distribute their music. We will visit the bedroom of the young Madrid-based producer rebe, who at 23 has created a special world of digital intimacy that functions as a window for her creations, a sort of Björk playing Jeanette. Meanwhile, in Granada, the artist Pablo Cobo, a.k.a. Chico Blanco, is one of the benchmarks of the new urban scene, with a mixture of trap and rhythms of house and electronics. Both are key figures to understanding a new creative constellation from within four walls.
The second session, on Saturday 27 June, will feature Ikram Bouloum. Already in the Museum but as yet without an on-site audience, this sound experimenter will act as a centripetal force, a lightning rod hyper-connected to a number of artists who will meet on the virtual plane to mix their contributions. The piece will analyse repetition in a search for familiar patterns, foregrounding the mix, voice and identity.
The final session in the cycle will be on Saturday 25 July and will be given by the hypno artist Jessica Boston and the musical duo Desert. The artists will seek a connection to a higher level, a hypnotic session that will release the potential of words, music and sensations. The staging will include their most recent work This Feeling Is You, a treatise on metaphorical mental landscapes in which ambient sounds, the spoken word, meditation and rap meet. If health restrictions permit, this concert will be held live at the Museum for a reduced capacity audience, while simultaneously appearing online.