“Concert for 2027 plants” is the title of the bioacoustic installation by Cláudia Martinho which closed the Public Presentation Session of the Candidacy of Braga to the European Capital of Culture 2027. In the art installation, the plants were connected to sensors that capture the electromagnetic impulses of the plants, converting them into sound and thus creating a polyphony of vegetable voices, as if it was a choir.
The work aims to appeal to the importance of valuing our conscious communication with the variations and rhythms of the environment and ecosystems in which we find ourselves and to highlight the importance of plant life in urban areas for our well-being.
The plants used in the piece, largely arbutus, represented the vital energy of this territory and its citizens who, in the current pandemic context, could not be present in the Altice Forum Braga.
The arbutus plants were donated to the candidature of Braga by the Terra de Esperança Project of ANEFA – National Association of Forestry, Agricultural and Environment Companies in partnership with the GALP Foundation. As a result of this collaboration and as a legacy of this moment, the Candidacy will plant these fruit trees in the municipality of Braga, with the collaboration of the Parish Councils.
The average time for this species to produce the characteristic red berry is six years. It means that hopefully in 2027 we will be harvesting the first fruits of some of the plants present in this symbolic moment.
Cláudia Martinho is an architect, sound artist, and researcher at the University of Minho. She develops sound installations, performances, and workshops, which encourage active listening and the development of human beings in contact with nature. She is co-founder of Rural Vivo, a cultural association dedicated to artistic, educational, and ecological activities in the Serra do Gerês, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.