Horizon Line

By: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Premiere: Festival Alkantara (Lisbon, Portugal / 2012)
Audio length: 60"

Horizon Line is a recorded sound performance / installation taking place at the sunset on a beach or another empty landscape. It is an attempt to think of the horizon line as a utopian space. To think about the dimensions that consciousness cannot reach, be it in the present moment or in the future; which relates the piece to the sublime.

Uniting opposite ends of the scale – the infinite and the small – the sublime becomes then a bridge between the infinite and the human body. It relates to what could be called the social sublime: the gap between power and the subject, instituted through the complicity between the economic system and global politics, that condemns the individual to an atomized scale and, therefore, to a monadic condition.

When the audience arrive receives one mp3 player and headphones. They will start to listen to the recorded performance seated and looking to the horizon line. They are also informed that they can walk around if they want.
The performance starts 30 minutes before the sunset.

© Ana Borralho & João Galante

Concept and Artistic Direction: Ana Borralho & João Galante
Original Texts: Paulo Castro, Ana Borralho & João Galante
Recorded Voices (PT+EN): Claúdia Gaiolas, Gonçalo Waddington, Mónica Samões, Tiago Rodrigues
Sound Design: Borralho & Galante
Piano: Ana Borralho
Electric Guitars: Japp and Coolgate
Sound Edition: João Galante
Artistic Collaboration: Fernando L. Ribeiro
Texts Translation: Vera Rocha

Production Direction: Mónica Samões
Production: casaBranca
Co-Production: alkantara, Départs with the support of Programa Cultura da União Europeia
Thanks: Vasco Pimentel, Bar das Avencas, Jorge Bragada