BISFF Correspondence 通信计划
为了跨越种种障碍，开辟更多交流空间，我们设置了“BISFF Correspondence 通信计划”，对部分国际单元的参展作者进行系列访谈，这些访谈将在作品放映后发布在联展各个媒体平台。
Cocina Aural｜Aural Cuisine｜听觉厨房
Q：How did you start observing people with visual disabilities? How does it relate to your own experience?
A：Aural Cuisine was an on-going art and social project. This project invited a group of people with visual disabilities to explore new tools and means of expression through listening and cuisine for art creation. Through a series of workshops and a participative methodology, the participants were going to create their own sound recipes, where the kitchen would become a laboratory for artistic composition.
I knew about the project, it was its first edition, and I decided to contact the organisation behind it and I asked them if I could make a documentary about the project. They said yes right away and I started observing and recording from the beginning once the workshops started. It was a mutual learning process that I was building along the way. The participants made up a highly heterogeneous group with multiple and very diverse personal experiences, a great starting point for creating an audio-visual piece.
My work is mainly based on observing, I avoid intervening in the developments, I take the position of a simple observer. During the recording, I suggested potential action lines and each participant did the same, they proposed other possibilities, it was an organic dialogue.
Q：Where did you find these people?
A：These people were already part of the project so I did not have to find them, they were already involved. The organiser, art and cultural organisation Weekend Proms, opened a public call for visually impaired people and those interested in participating were interviewed with the purpose of explaining to them about the sense of the project. The main objective was to be keen on exploring the cuisine and the fact of listening from a new perspective. Actually, participants did not need to have any previous experience in cooking, art creation or music.
Q：Why did you choose Cuisine as the topic of this project?
A：As I mentioned, cuisine was already part of the project. Weekend Proms is composed of sound art artists, cultural and music producers and chefs, so they wanted to create a project where their passions became a kind of playground for new experiences and learnings. The kitchen is a common space in every one’s day-to-day life, and of course, also for blind people or people with visual disabilities. This project wanted to be an invitation for those people who sometimes live isolated from the cultural scene to become creative agents. In other words, an opportunity to listen to their surroundings in a different way, to discover other dimensions of their daily routine and to get inspired to create their own sound art pieces.
Q：Were there any participants who impressed you during the filming? And why?
A：Everyone in the project started from scratch and it has been tremendously enriching to share this experience with all participants. On one hand, I was able to observe and record their individual developments as potential creators, and on the other hand, I could get deeper into their vital experiences and their personalities which have been reflected on the sound pieces created by each of them. Actually, these pieces have been recorded in a vinyl whose format and design were also decided by the participants. By the way, people interested in this work can get a free copy (only payment for shipping costs) through the project bandcamp: https://weekendproms.bandcamp.com/album/f-soo7-cocina-aural . The vinyl was edited by local music label Food&Sound Records, the name says it all.
Q：How did this project “produce a change in their daily perception through art creation in every participant”?
A：This project has completely changed our perception about what an artistic process could be. Regarding the participants, they have felt that they are capable of creating, that they have things to say, an inner world to share. Concerning sighted people, Aural Cuisine has contributed in some way to eliminate prejudice and challenge the stereotypes related to people with visual disabilities.