© Jorge das Neves

© Jorge das Neves

Maja Escher

In colaboration with Artur Pispalhas e Norberto Lobo
À noite cantamos a sussurrar, 2022
Mixed media installation
Courtesy of the artist

The installation À noite cantamos a sussurrar is based on a series of walks and excursions along the Mondego River and its surroundings. This river was known to be very temperamental, with its extreme floods and drought. It is now controlled by dams. Guided by the voice of the Mondego River, the artist recorded sounds and collected stories, images, herbs, stones and vegetables while observing animals, phenomena and ‘river people’, but also landmarks such as an old lead mine, dams, water holes, greenhouses. She translated this material into a visual score that guided not only the sculptures and pieces that compose the installation, but also a musical score performed and recorded in the cistern of the convent, using instruments made specifically for this purpose. What are the voices of the river today? Can one feel the pain brought by dams, greenhouses, pipes, water treatment stations?