Title: 'White Masks' (Public Engagement Grant project)

Location: Goldsmiths, University of London, Great Hall

Date: Thursday 24th November, 2016

White Masks is a project which revolves around a cycle for cello, live electronics and resonating masks and that focusses on loss. The project originated from the collaboration between composer Silvia Rosani and cellist Esther Saladin. In particular, it refers to the loss people have to face alone in an increasingly individualistic society and the loss of communities and music traditions refugees go through when they are forced to leave their countries. The idea of the artists is to build a community in the form of objects resonating with 'memories' from the performance of the cycle, entangled with pre-recorded texts from Frantz Fanon, Samuel Beckett, Hans-Peter Dürr and Hilde Domin, and the audio contributions collected from the audiences with which the project will get in contact. An installation precedes the performance of the cycle and is going to be set up in the Great Hall so that audio contribution from the audience can be recorded. These contributions will be integrated in a future performance of the project, so that the masks will resonate with the voices of local communities from each of the places where the project has been performed, hence transforming into a virtual community.

Thanks to the support of the Francis Chagrin Award and to a grant from the Institute of Musical Research (IMR), it has been possible to organise a performance of the project at Goldsmiths, University of London, and to involve other artists. For the performance at Goldsmiths, poet-artist Lawrence Upton (Athens Institute for Education and Research), John Levack Drever (Goldsmiths/SPR) and visual artist Inês Rebelo (alumni) will be involved. Lawrence Upton and John Levack Drever will perform before the cycle, while Inês Rebelo will take care of the visual aspects of the installation. The project is also supported by the Unit for Sound Practice Research (SPR) and the Contemporary Music Research Unit (CMRU).


21st November

4 – 6.30pm (Great Hall) Installation open to the public Visual artist: Inês Rebelo Audio-recording: Silvia Rosani

6.30 – 7.30pm (Great Hall)
Masterclass open to the public
Silvia Rosani and Esther Saladin will present some of the aspects of the project


24th November

6 – 6.30pm (Great Hall) Performance
Sound Artist: John Levack Drever Poet-artist: Lawrence Upton

7 – 8pm (Great Hall)
White Masks, cycle for cello, live electronics and resonating masks Music by Silvia Rosani, Rebecca Saunders, Ori Talmon
Cello: Esther Saladin
Live electronics: Silvia Rosani


Websites of the artists

More information about the project are available here:

Event flyer available here.