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two mayan instruments made of clay

Mojo’q che b’ixan ri ixkanulab’ / Antes de que los Volcanes Canten / Before the Volcanoes Sing

Clarissa Tossin
2019–21

Clarissa Tossin is back in residence in EMPAC’s Concert Hall with cinematographer Jeremy Glaholt and flautist Alethia Lozano Birrueta, for the first film shoot of a series that will take place at EMPAC and at Sowden House in Los Angeles between fall 2020 and spring 2021. 

Los Angeles-based artist Clarissa Tossin’s Mojo’q che b’ixan ri ixkanulab’ / Antes de que los Volcanes Canten / Before the Volcanoes Sing is scored by Brazilian composer Michelle Ágnes Magalhães and performed by Mexican flautist Alethia Lozano Birrueta and Guatemalan Maya poet Rosa Chávez. The film takes a sonic approach to the articulation of architectural borrowings by Western architects of indigenous cultural motifs, utilizing 3D printed replicas of Maya wind instruments from Pre-Columbian collections held in US and Guatemalan museums. 

In this video Tossin and her collaborators, including the director of photography Jeremy Glaholt, discuss the production of the flutes, the composition of the score, and approaches to the film’s cinematography. These 3D scanned and playable replica instruments were created by anthropologist/archaeologist Jared Katz, the Mayer Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellow for Pre-Columbian Art at the Denver Art Museum.

 

Main Image: Video Still from Clarissa Tossins residency Fall, 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Media

 

An introduction to Mojo’q che b’ixan ri ixkanulab’ / Antes de que los Volcanes Canten / Before the Volcanoes Sing, a new EMPAC-commissioned moving image work by Clarissa Tossin that is currently in production at Sowden House in Los Angeles and at EMPAC/Rensselaer in Troy, NY.

Presented By

EMPAC 2019–21

Season

Curator
Premiere

Spring 2021

Production Credits

Mojo’q che b’ixan ri ixkanulab’ / Antes de que los Volcanes Canten / Before the Volcanoes Sing is commissioned by EMPAC and supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Graham Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Funding

EMPAC Fall 2020 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and Vlaamse Gemeenschap, department of Culture, Youth, and Media. Additional project support by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; New Music USA; CCS Bard; Creative Capital; the Graham Foundation; and the National Culture and Arts Foundation, Taiwan.