Frederico Pessoa

Frederico Pessoa


Soundscapes [audio tracks] On-site and online June 4th

selling life is an excerpt of a recording in the Central Market of Belo Horizonte, where one can find birds and other animals confined in cages for selling. Side by side with vegetables, beverages, textiles, houhold utensils, and grocery stals, the animals become part of that enviroment as things, just as any other thing one can see and buy there. But they reveal a particularity: they make uncontrolable noises and, through that noise, they state their ilimitable vivacity.

iron, cast iron, steel and stainless steel is a composition based on recordings of Vale S/A locomotives crossing downtown Belo Horizonte at night carrying ore. Vale S/A is responsible for the crimes committed in Brumadinho and Bento Rodrigues through the spillage of their dams that directly killed around 300 people, contaminated water courses and destroyed livelihoods in several locations around these dams. Mining companies and their shareholders, mainly based in the global north (USA, Europe and Japan), are the contemporary symbol of greedy, destructive and murderous capitalism, or neocolonialism, in the global south.

Earmaginations [silent videos] On-site and online June 4th

sounds of a vanishing world

‘sounds of a vanishing world’ is based on the bodily experience of crossing riparian forests near Rio Acima, in Minas Gerais, a region with many springs, waterfalls and exuberant natural life. At the same time, the region is surrounded by mining areas and tailings dams that pose an ongoing threat to natural forests, rivers, wildlife, animals and people. We don’t know how long these forests will be there.

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Frederico Pessoa is a brazilian sound artist and musician who has been presenting solo and group exhibitions, sound and multimedia performances and working with other artists in different projects and artistic languages.He has studied classical guitar and has a PhD in Arts from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He is interested in the relations between sound and politics; sound and other artistic languages; sound, body and space; simple technologies and the vibrational aspect of day to day life and its effects on our bodies.

Artist Location: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

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