‘Hybrid Articulations’ is an audiovisual event that intends to contribute to local cultural development by projecting the local Portuguese heritage to wider audiences. It also seeks to stimulate strategies for preservation and enhancement of Portuguese traditional verbal repertoires in contemporary media contexts, clarifying the combinations between the Portuguese heritage of oral literature, the new digital culture and the current artistic forms of the Hip Hop scene. It combines video and still images dating from 1930-1940 depicting Portuguese culture, with oral literature, digital video and sound.

The main objective supporting this project was trying to understand how the Portuguese traditional oral communication, that existed for centuries in residual form, can gain new strength with new technology. ‘Hybrid Articulations’ attempted to build bridges between the archives of Portuguese traditional oral communication and the current artistic and commercial Hip Hop scene which bases itself greatly upon digital culture but also upon local identity and representation.

Blurring the lines between the old and the new, between the vocal and the digital, the performance from this thesis re-interpretates the archives of that particular cultural heritage, such as anphiguri, tongue twisters, rigmaroles, and traditional portuguese replies collected, for instance, by Michel Giacometti from 1963 to 1981.

The sound elements, which include digital sound, portuguese rap, global Hip Hop, and traditional portuguese vocal communication, combine and work together to animate the synthetic, digital visual forms. In more detail, the visual part of the performance assumes the form of a figurative background, consisting on moving images representing cultural production in the city of Porto in 1928 and 1948, and photographs taken by Armando Leça in northern Portugal and from the same period of time.

Technically, it combines images representing the traditional, local culture of the collected northern portuguese rigmaroles, tonguetwisters and traditional replies , and the global scene represented in synthetic visual forms, which are both manipulated by sound .

The fragments that represent the past and the local culture, unlike staying closed in a picture frame, or in an archived tape, are alive, interacting and potentiating discussion in this digital media festival’s participants and audience.

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