Issue Project Room: Distant Pairs - Ana Da Silva + Phew
Event by Issue Project Room.
Friday, October 30th, ISSUE is pleased to stream a new collaborative work from legendary artists and cult punk icons Ana da Silva and Phew. In 2018, Ana and Phew collaborated on their debut release, Island, a bracing odyssey in industrial noise, absorbing textures, tactile rhythms—a showcase of each artist’s highly developed and dynamic compositional style. Ana and Phew contributed pointillist bits of spoken word in each other’s native tongues of Portuguese and Japanese, reflecting on isolation, friendship, and nature. Composed through files exchanged files via email, both artists are familiar with working across distance with a sense of discovery that will be familiar to Raincoats fans—a sense of poetry and inquisitiveness, of intuition and invention, of new languages taking shape.
During the Fall, 2020, ISSUE is commissioning artists to produce collaborative work at a time when the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drastically impacted their’ ability to travel and perform, and altered the nature of collective work and performance. Pairing artists in disparate locations who cannot work together in “traditional” ways, the Distant Pairs series examines the collaborative process, methods of working, and partnership amidst these constrained conditions.