25 febbraio 2021

 

Caroline Kraabel, Maggie Nicols e John Edwards si incontrano per un concerto negli spazi del Cafe Oto a Londra - senza pubblico, come è necessario in tempo di pandemia ancora infuriante - e da lì trasmettono in streaming per raggiungere ascoltatori vicini e lontani, invitando all'attenzione e alla riflessione. Invito che rivolge anche il filmato che Caroline ha girato un anno fa nei giorni del primo lockdown londinese e che viene anch'esso trasmesso oggi, per la prima volta: London 26 and 28 March 2020: imitation: inversion.

"This film started as 40 minutes of shots of London during the first UK Covid 19 Lockdown (the strict phase of which began on 23 March 2020). These were taken on my phone during permitted exercise (cycling), just so my children would later have a record of the unfamiliar stillness, the emptiness of their city at a time we will now, inevitably, have ingrained in our memories for its sudden difference, and for the surfacing of fear, grief, and love it brought about. I kept coming back to these shots of quiet streets: who was missing, who was still there, what was revealed when the tide of sound and activity went out. As a musician, I undertook to make sense of these shots by playing their sounds, and their absence of sounds."