Lisboa Soa - Encontro de Arte Sonora, Urbanismo e Cultura Auditiva
20 - 23 September 2018, Lisbon (PT)

Diana Policarpo - Chinampa (let the water lose its still form), 2018

Installation view.

Diana Policarpo
Chinampa (let the water lose its form), 2018

6-channel Sound Installation

Duration: 45'

Terraço da Mãe D'Água, Lisbon (PT)

Em (let the water lose its still form) Diana Policarpo constrói uma ilha artificial de sons, texturas e direções. Situada sobre a Mãe d'Água de Lisboa, onde a água do seu reservatório alimentou a cidade no passado, e os sons que acompanhavam a sua viagem, retornavam circularmente à ilha, ao tanque do reservatório. Actualmente em desuso, a bacia encontra-se parada, povoada pelos seus próprios ecos. A composição sonora de Policarpo parte de gravações no local que seguem o som à medida que este se movimenta à volta de tanto formas naturais como de superfícies da arquitetura interna de Mãe d'Água, onde o líquido assume a forma da sua envolvente. (let the water lose its still form) situa o edifício e o tanque de água como ponto de partida e a captação de frequências audíveis e inaudíveis—os sons da água e a pausa no interior—transpostas para o terraço árido do edifício. A peça transforma as reverberações do tanque, prolonga-as e adensa-as numa assombrosa textura de espaço e de movimento perdido. Ocupando o perspectiva da água, Policarpo usa sobreposições sónicas para construir  um "jardim flutuante" sonoro, "terreno fértil" ou “leito de lago raso" ao ar livre e propõe um corpo insular com a ilusão de volume e movimento.

Produced by Diana Policarpo
Sound Engineer: Brendan Feeney, Wave Studios
Photography: Vera Marmelo

Curated by Raquel Castro

More info here:
Ed. 06/2018
Ensaio - por Sofia Lemos

Belo Campo | Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisboa (PT)

26.01- 01.03.2018

Diana Policarpo – Dissonant Counterpoint, 2017-18

Installation view.

Diana Policarpo
Dissonant Counterpoint, 2017-18

9- channel Sound Installation
Dimensions variable.

Part I: Two Movements: Three songs for Soprano and Clarinet (Beyer, 1934-38) + The Spheres (Policarpo, 2017)

4- channel electroacoustic composition
Composition: Johanna Beyer, Diana Policarpo
Bass Clarinet: Emmy Beber
Mastering: Brendan Feeney / Wave Studios
Duration: 21' 20'' (loop)

Part II: Three Songs for Soprano and Clarinet (Beyer, 1934 -38)

LED board, text
I. Total Eclipse
II. To Be
III. Universal- Local
Dimensions: 35 x 11.5 x 67
Duration: 8'10'' (loop)

Part III: From Leipzig to the Bronx: Letters from Beyer to Cowell (1935-41) + Status Quo/Music of the Spheres: Opera Typescript (Beyer, 1938)

5- Channel Sound Sculptures
Perspex, speakers, metal
Spoken word: Emmy Beber
Dimensions: 60 x 60 
Duration: 12' 54'' (loop)

The performance-installation "Dissonant Counterpoint" is another chapter in Diana Policarpo’s extensive research, ransom and reinterpretation of the oeuvre of ultramodernist composer Johanna M. Beyer (1888-1944), a seminal name – albeit rendered highly invisible and marginalised – in electronic music and experimental composition. By bringing into dialogue Beyer’s work and life, according to a feminist political perspective and resorting to a device that is set in motion by parallel trajectories – sound, text, sculpture –, Diana Policarpo appropriates, inscribes in the present and breathes life into the musical legacy of the German-American composer, drawing attention to the historical discrimination and invisibility of women (a single, immigrant woman of the 1930s, in Beyer’s case) as well as to a fundamentally androcentric and limiting artistic canon. Dissonant Counterpoint repositions and reworks two compositions by Johanna M. Beyer. Status Quo/Music of the Spheres (1938), an un fished political opera adapted by Policarpo in The Spheres (2017), and Three Songs for Soprano and Clarinet (1934), whose three corresponding poems, elegies to the movements of the cosmos and life written by Beyer, are also present in this installation in a situation of constant tension with the holistic character of Music of the Spheres – Beyer considered rhythm and sound as antagonists, both in music and in nature and the cosmos. Policarpo also evokes Beyer’s words using excerpts of her letters (1935-41) to American composer Henry Cowell in a spoken word audio piece by Emily Beber. In line with the spirit of the politically powerful finale of Music of the Spheres, in Dissonant Counterpoint Diana Policarpo o ffers a sort of posthumous social-political catharsis for Johanna M. Beyer.  Mariana Duarte
Curated by Adrien Missika


10000 Anos depois entre Vénus e Marte, Oporto (PT)
09.12.2017 - 18.02.2018

Diana Policarpo - Sun in Cancer, 2016-17

Installation view.

Diana Policarpo
Sun in Cancer, 2016-18

Coleção António Cachola na Galeria Municipal do Porto. Fotografias de Dinis Santos. Cortesia da Galeria Municipal do Porto. 

Curated by João Laia


Kunstverein Leipzig (DE)
08.11.2017 - 10.12.2017

Diana Policarpo - Dissonant Counterpoint, 2017

Installation view.

Dissonant Counterpoint, 2017
9-Channel Sound Installation

Two Movements: Three Songs for Soprano and Clarinet (Beyer, 1938) + The Spheres (Policarpo, 2017)
Electroacoustic composition for 4 multi-channels
Duration:  21''20 (loop)
Composition:  Johanna Beyer, Diana Policarpo
Bass Clarinet: Emmy Beber
Mixing + Mastering: Brendan Feeney

Three Songs for Soprano and Clarinet 
I. Total Eclipse
II. To Be
III. Universal-Local
Duration: 8''10 (loop)
LED Board (Poems)

From Leipzig to the Bronx (Letters), 2017 + Status Quo/Music of the Spheres' Opera Typescript, 1938
Sound Sculptures (5x) for 5 multi-channels
Applied Materials: plexiglass,cable,speakers,wire;
Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 82 cm
Duration: 12''54 (loop)
Spoken Word: Emmy Beber

Curated by Anna Jehle and Juliane Schickedanz

Publication by Gloria Glitzer (Edition of 250)
Photograph© 2017 Casper Saenger

Publication available upon request.


Photograph© Gloria Glitzä

The Fiction of the Fix, Tenderpixel Gallery, London (UK)
10th June 2017

Diana Policarpo - Sonic Cleansing Ritual, 2017

Sonic Cleansing Ritual (2017) + Reading of Baubo (2017)

Mixed Media
Dimensions variable
Live Performance w/ Marina Elderton (electric guitar) 
Duration: 20' 

Curated by Brenda Guesnet

Courtesy of Tenderpixel Gallery, London (UK)
Photography by Manuela Barczewski and Catinca Malaimare

(...) As loving subjects, we tell ourselves sacrificial stories all the time: we are nowhere gathered together (3), and scramble to make sense of subtle gestures, decipher what’s behind late night text messages, and decode the rhythms of affection. The methods are diverse: find a fictional character that’s going through exactly the same thing, sing along to the pop song that just gets you, or carefully study astrological compatibility charts. When it comes to attracting the object of desire, we attempt to conjure our own magic: wear perfume, keep little secrets, create an air of mystery. These words and gestures are borrowed, as we have been repeating the same myths for centuries. And yet, they feel unique, giving us the precise affirmation we need for our solitary devotion. Like a pharmakon, these carefully measured rituals offer the momentary fix of being in control, while simultaneously exposing our fundamental dependence on such supplements.
‘The fiction of the fix’ brings together artists that share a concern with the rituals of the everyday, and how language, voice, and myth can become physical in their potency to attract. The works unabashedly devote themselves to a cause we can’t quite put our fingers on, allowing us to project our own obsessions. As they straddle the common and the supernatural, we are invited to give into superstition, exaggeration, and the cliché: discover the antidote in your own kitchen, and break the curse with your own two hands. 

Morphogenesis, Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisboa (PT)
15.05.2017 - 28.07.2017

Diana Policarpo - Panacea, 2017

Diana Policarpo

Panacea, 2017

6-Channel Sound Installation

Applied materials:
Speakers, sub-woofer, audio cable

Duration: 10'32'' (loop)

Curated by João Laia

Courtesy of Galeria Francisco Fino, Lisbon (PT)

We are experiencing a critical period of change. Below the surface, tectonic forces have intensified unforeseeably, questioning previously stable contours of reality. Life is being defined by a sweeping notion of crisis which underlines the multilayered social embeddedness of ecology, economy, politics, representation and science. We are left to inhabit an interstice of fluid boundaries and to witness the friction of opposing movements and different perceptions of space and time; a transitional moment of hybrid conditions and arrangements in which new entities are taking shape. The word morphogenesis describes the development process of an organism’s form. It is a concept originally found in biology which here signals the current moment of transition. 
This exhibition focuses on ideas such as transformation and difference, analysing the present and speculating about the future by looking at how change is affecting our notion of what life is and what it might become. The selection of artists included analyses how affect, capital, images, language, objects and systems are being constituted and transformed while circulating. Their combined investigations create a polyphonic map embracing the complexities and paradoxes of our current condition. J.L

Installation view.

Sun in Cancer, 2016

9-Channel Audio Installation

Applied materials:
Sound speakers, equalizers, audio cable.
Duration: 23'53'' (loop)
Percussion, synthetizer, pedals and electronic generators: Diana Policarpo
Theremin: Hannah Catherine Jones
Voice: Diana Policarpo / Hannah Catherine Jones and 
Composition for The Spheres: Diana Policarpo

Sound-Sculptures (bean bags), 2016

Applied materials:
Fabric, sound speakers, polysterene, mp3 players, pre-amplifiers and audio cable.
102 x 88 x 117 cm (hxbxl)

Spoken word: Charlotte Puder (German version) and Diana Policarpo (English version)
1- C. P - Johanna Beyer, Total Eclipse (1934) and Universal-Local (1934), 3' (loop)
2- C. P - Johanna Beyer, Status Quo/Music of the Spheres Prelude + Act I (1938), 2':34'' (loop)
3- C. P - Johanna Beyer, Letters to Henry Cowell (August, 1936), 1' (loop)
4- D. P - Johanna Beyer, Total Eclipse (1934), Universal-Local (1934), Status Quo/ Music of the Spheres Prelude + Act I (1938), Letters to Henry Cowell (August 1936), 7' 3'' (loop)

Visual Scores (Steel Sculptures), 2016

Applied materials:
Steel, acrylic and graphite.


Screen 1- 200 x 135 x 60 cm (hxbxl)
Screen 2- 200 x 135 x 60 cm (hxbxl)
Screen 3- 200 x 135 x 60 cm (hxbxl)
Untitled I - 180 x 95 x 60 cm (hxbxl)
Untitled II - 200x 50.5 x 51 cm (hxbxl)

Site-Specific Light Environment
Applied materials:
Blue foil.
Dimensions variable.

Sun in Cancer, September 2016
Curated by Anna Jehle and Juliane Schickedanz
Photography by Lucie Marsmann

lAB - Artists Unlimited, Bielefeld (DE)

Sun in Cancer is a site-specific installation comprised of sound, light and mixed media sculptures. It is constituted by sex audio channels, sound-sculptures, tridimensional visual scores casted in steel and the total transformation of the glass surface of the space. This project is an evocation of the work of Johanna Magdalena Beyer (1888- 1944).  Reaching into the past and drawing connections to present-day existence, Sun in Cancer creates a counter-hegemonic genealogy of ways of being-in-the-world and is an homage to Beyer's revolutionary (and lost) political opera Status Quo (1938).

When the artist and the content of the work is lost for more than 70 years, things get hard to put together. Bringing herstories from the past also embrace the deviations that are structurally necessary to the development of modernity and future. We live in the "day of ghosts", forced to mime our emotions, now cheap commodities, while still digesting the lost identities through history we continue to fight the death by repeating the words of the dead. 
(...) The constellation of elements in the show are supporting the theoretical material surrounding their production- the research in Beyer's archive along with the attempt of reconstruct the original score which only few minutes were put together of music and text - in a way they are designed to frustrate the very attempt to prescribe revolutionary conditions. The question of representation and the way which stereotypes have inscribed themselves into the Western visual vocalbulary challenges the audience to reflect on their own perception an cultural identity (...) Ranciere's emancipated spectator certainly need foreign aid from those bodies that were culturally rejected, but this would takes in a different channel. D.P

Visions of Excess, 2015

multi-channel and mixed media installation
sound speakers, amplifiers, cables, cardboard, chalk, wood and mix media
Dimensions variable
Duration: 10:40 min

wood, amplifier, sound speakers, soundscape and spoken word 
Duration: 15:25min
Dimensions variable

℗ Courtesy of the Artist
Xero, Kline and Coma, London

In Visions of Excess, Diana Policarpo pairs George Bataille's work on 'general economy' The Accursed Share (1946-49) with Silvia Federici's Caliban and the Witch (2004) where she analyses the history of women's oppression and the body in the transition to capitalism, investigating the rationalisation of social reproduction.
This work is driven by a soundscape and voiceover that evokes and reflects how bodies can be transformed in a register of experience but also limited in both space and time.

Does Not Equal @ W139, Amsterdam (Mar/Apr 2015)

Some of us believe in the struggle for liberation, if not in liberation itself. Perhaps equality is an impossible future and maybe we need a different game? What if we don’t want to 'lean in'? The time for infighting is through. We’re living in the apocalypse, in some messianic times, maybe its now that feminism can do some damage again?  

Does Not Equal is a group exhibition that questions the creative potential, historical legacy and ongoing concerns of feminism. Featuring more than 35 international artists, writers and curators the project presents various and conflicting responses that interrogate issues of gender equality and female subjectivity, including queerness in China, the politics of healthcare, and the dynamics of intimacy in public baths. Familiar characters such as the witch or medieval woman are inhabited. Elsewhere the history of colonial extraction and its commodification of bodies is explored whilst other works present archival investigations into radical political groups such as White Lightning.

In the wake of recent media attention, celebrity endorsement and cultural appropriation and recuperation, feminism no longer seems to be a dangerous word. If hashtags such as ‘YesAllWomen’ work to find some kind of universal solidarity Does Not Equal attempts to acknowledge the reality of difference and the struggle inherent in finding what’s shared. In adopting a discursive curatorial approach, and informed by a series of reading groups, the exhibition presents a programme of live performance, symposium and film screenings accompanied by a collective study room and series of radio podcasts.

*detail from installation

Diana Policarpo
March for Persephone, 2015

Sound installation with 4 channels, composition for percussion, 9:00min.
applied materials: sound, speakers, cables, light, pomegranate seeds

March for Persephone is a one woman percussive ensemble inspired by Johanna M. Beyer's poems and scores/drawings for Music of the Spheres (1938) as part of her unfinished polical stage work
Status Quo.

audio excerpt available here

The Feminist Rock Salt

*detail of platforms and video with Lynda Benglis (1977, Art Walker Center)
  video 2:30min, monitor, headphones, sound

Diana Policarpo & Deniz Unal

The Feminist Rock Salt (to Lynda Benglis), 2015

mixed media installation and platform/stage for performance events
wood, chicken wire, fabric, plaster, metallic paint,neon lights, speakers, amplifier and tv screen.

variable dimensions
W139, Amsterdam


*detail (cave) inside: playlist with tracks from different feminist artists (2.1 speakers) and neon lights 

Rock Sea Rider, 2015
26.03.2015 - Performance

* Performance stills

Part I - soundscape and text (10:30min)
Part II - Something Came Over Me (P- Orridge Cover) (4:15min)

applied materials: voice, mp3, mixed media, microphone, speakers, pedal

Red Light Radio,  27.03.15
part of Does Not Equal @W139, Amsterdam

 Under the Influence Podcast with Diana Policarpo and Naomi Pearce