ASA – Arte Sonica Amplificada
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Supporting women in Brazil to develop sound and music based creative work
A second year of ASA has launched to support female and female identifying practitioners in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to develop their careers, skills and practice in sound-based creative activities.
ASA is a programme produced in collaboration by Lighthouse, the British Council, Oi Futuro and shesaid.so. As one of two UK partners on the project, Lighthouse has been instrumental in the design of ASA. Incorporating mentoring and aimed at sound and music practitioners, the programme has been heavily informed by The Sound of Story and Guiding Lights, two of our development initiatives aimed at emerging talent.
ASA was initially piloted in 2018, responding to the under-representation of women in the fields of music, sound and associated technologies. The project attracted over 250 applications and significant attention on social media, demonstrating a strong demand and need for a project of this type. The programme aims to:
• Support the development of new and existing skills in creative practice and entrepreneurship
• Offer participants the space to explore and plan their career progression
• Develop a creative community and networks to support peer learning and collaboration
• Strengthen the profile of women working within the sector, and open up new opportunities
As of 2019, ASA is again working with 50 women, drawn from a broad spectrum of music and sound practice, from composers and musicians to audio engineers, sound artists and designers. The participants take part in a seven-month programme that includes masterclasses and workshops led by UK and Brazilian professionals covering topics such as: music and sound production, audio storytelling, career planning, developing a personal brand, studio and field recording, and sound engineering. The workshops are designed to support the development of skills and enable the participants to explore new career options and pathways.
Throughout the programme, the participants receive creative mentorship and access to Oi Futuro’s Labsonica, a creative studio and co-working space which acts as a hub for the ASA community.
During the 2018 pilot the participants worked with mentors including Cathy FitzGerald (audio documentary producer), Ain Bailey (DJ and sound artist), Vanesa Lorena Tate (film/games sound designer and composer), and Hannah Catherine Jones (artist and multi-instrumentalist).
The second edition of the programme has been taking place from September 2019 up and runs until March 2020 whilst also reaching beyond Rio de Janeiro, with some additional activities taking place in São Paulo and Recife.
The sound and music artists and professionals that have been taking part in ASA this year are:
Setting the Scene – 14 & 15 September 2019
Anna Sulley (UK)
Supervising Sound Editor Designer & Foley Mixer, Anna has worked on a wide variety of projects; including animation, documentary, feature and installations. Past projects include the Nativity franchise, Dave McLean’s Luna and a number of TV dramas including Shameless and Snatch. Recent projects include the Russian art project Dau, kids series Waffle and black comedy A Serial Killer’s Guide to Life.
Vivian Caccuri (BRA)
Vivian uses sound as a vehicle to experiment with sensory perception around issues related to history and social conditioning. Through objects, installations, and performances, her pieces create situations that disorient everyday experiences and, by extension, disrupt meanings and narratives seemingly as ingrained as the cognitive structure itself. Vivian has developed projects in many cities in Brazil and abroad, including the Amazon, Accra, Detroit, Helsinki, Vienna, Veneza, Kiev, Valparaíso, New Mexico, South India and more. During her career she has collaborated with several musicians such as Arto Lindsay (USA/BR), Gilberto Gil (BR), Fausto Fawcett (BR), Wanlov (Ghana) and has recently released her first musical project (Homa). Her sound works and compositions have been broadcasted in radio stations such as Resonance FM (London), Kunstradio (Vienna) and Rádio Mirabilis (Rio de Janeiro).
Lucy Harrison (UK)
Lucy is a composer and sound designer specialising in interactive sound. She focuses on the use of new technology and electronics and through this she creates immersive soundscapes, interactive sound installations and sound and music for theatre. Recent work has included sound and music for an immersive art event in partnership with the National Trust, a motion sensitive sound installation for Girlguiding at Alexandra Palace, an interactive library as part of a theatre production in Clapham and an Interactive blanket fort in East London. Lucy has a PhD in composition from Royal Holloway, University of London, where she investigated control, collaboration and audience engagement in interactive sound installations. She is also a lecturer on the Production and Games Academy courses at ACM (Academy for Contemporary Music) in London and Guildford where she teaches sound design, interactive audio and performance and technology.
Cookie Pryce (UK)
Cookie is a former rap artist, and member of the formidable Hip Hop group The Cookie Crew, who were a prominent and respected fixture on the UK Hip Hop scene. She’s had a full and extensive career working within the creative industries both as an artist and a music industry professional, including 20 years as an executive working within Music Marketing, Promotion, PR and Digital. As a creative consultant she’s also worked for several UK and US entertainment companies, specialising in media relations, events and communications. Cookie has worked for companies such as Universal Music, Atlantic Records, Koch Entertainment, The 02 Arena, Timezone International NYC and is currently a Senior Label Manager at The Orchard, UK.
From one side to the other of the Atlantic, Letrux, alter-ego of Letícia Novaes, has stirred Brazilian independent music with her solo debut Letrux em Noite de Climão (2017). With a new identity, Letrux gained new prominence in the Brazilian music scene after her album was considered one of the best albums of 2017 by the media and awarded by the Multishow Awards.
Beatrice Dillon (UK)
London’s Beatrice Dillon is a producer, artist and NTS DJ with acclaimed solo releases, remixes and collaborations across Hessle Audio, The Trilogy Tapes, PAN, Boomkat Editions, Timedance and Where To Now?. Recent performances include MUTEK Montreal, Dekmantel, Documenta Athens, Masåfåt Cairo, Moscow Save, Borealis Norway and Barbican Centre, London. She has collaborated with award-winning visual artists at ICA, Tate, Lisson Gallery, Southbank Centre, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Nasher Sculpture Dallas and Mona Tasmania amongst others. Dillon was the recipient of Wysing Arts Centre’s artist residency in 2016 and is a resident at Somerset House Studios, London.
About the partners:
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We work with over 100 countries in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. We make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government.
Oi Futuro is Oi’s institute for innovation and creativity, promoting Education, Culture, Social Innovation and Sports to improve people’s lives and transform society. The institute propels collaborative and innovative initiatives, fosters experimentation, and stimulates connections that enhance personal and collective development.
London-based, shesaid.so is a network of women who work in the music industry. The organisation was founded in 2014 and it aims to create an environment that fosters collaboration, creativity, and positive values. shesaid.so has a diverse community composed by businesswoman and females in every position in the music landscape – from technicians to recorders, managers and others. They promote the acknowledgement of women developing outstanding projects in the music industry and organize interactive events that reveal new artists and managers.
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