The challenge is a strong and original one: to join forces to tackle a short-term (perhaps even ephemeral) collaborative project bringing together Portuguese and international musicians.
Taking a week to escape from routines, artists will give their minds over to experimentation and to probe more spontaneous ways to compose music. The creative process here is one ‘without a safety net’ where culture shock is the encouraged as a point of departure for a brief artist-in-residency that is bound to result in something rather unpredictable and authentic on stage. This is also a new way to face the creation of music today in real time, without concessions, formulas or pre-definitions, in a response that is body-present to the virtualism of today’s world. The intermingling of artists will be concentrated in one spot – the Centro de Criação de Candoso – with their sights set upon the sound utopias that can be formed in the ideas of tomorrow. This is experimenting without limits in order to transform the obvious into something surprising. Here is the door with which to enter an amazing and unique world.
Conversations on the creative process with artists and locals gathered together – this is what the Talks at the Westway LAB promote. This is a moment for mutual understanding when performers and the public meet in an informal and relaxed atmosphere which allows for the discussion on what it is like to live in Guimarães as someone in the creative artist-in-residence. The topic will be this week of creation, reflected in a conversation amongst the
artists, participants, and locals; it will organically construct a body of many limbs so that the process of transformation will be total. It should be no surprise that everyone enjoys this group encounter.