Teresa Cos

Teresa Cos

Indebted forever to rhythmanalysis and depth psychology, Teresa Cos' audiovisual works, performances, and scores map and disrupt culturally and historically fabricated notions of time, identity, memory, and desire.

Teresa Cos is a moving image and sound composer based in London.

Indebted forever to rhythmanalysis and depth psychology, their audiovisual works, performances, and scores map and disrupt culturally and historically fabricated notions of time, identity, memory, and desire. Combining traditional film and musical syntax with randomised processes intrinsic to improvisation and automation (the loop), Cos explores the potential of expanded sound and cinema, to reappropriate the spaces of wonder and dreaming too long exploited by the capitalist spell.

Teresa has presented and performed their work in various international contexts including Cafè Oto, Radiophrenia at CCA Glasgow, KBC-Belgrade Cultural Centre, Iklectic, 3rd Industrial Art Biennial (HR), Argos Centre for Audiovisual Arts (BE), WIELS Contemporary Art Centre (BE), Casino Luxembourg, bb15 (AT), Q-O2 (BE), Kanal-Centre Pompidou (BE), The Mac – Metropolitan Arts Centre Belfast, Centrale Fies (IT), Careof (IT), Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa (IT) and the 14th Venice International Architecture Biennial. Teresa was a resident at Rupert (LT), WIELS (BE) and the Jan Van Eyck Academy (NL), a participant of VISIO European Programme on Artist’ Moving Images (IT) and of the Botín Foundation Workshop with Tacita Dean (ES). They have released music on Futura Resistenza, Takuroku/Cafè Oto and Umland Editions/Q-2.

UU

HD Video / 20:00 min / 2017

"Countless people die everyday, yet those who remain live as if they were immortal." *

UU is a montage of videos and fragments of improvised music and found audio, building a parallel between the mutable flows of human desire and the given historical time in which a lifetime unfolds. Combining filmed and archival footage, the videos are merged and mirrored into sequences in which encounters with political institutions (EU/UN), dancing crowds, internal monologues and memento mori stretch and contract the perception of proximity and distance across different scales. Participating in the same generative system are the fragments of music which belong to the artist’s growing archive of improvised compositions of looped vocals, percussions and guitar, a regular practice in which they play with the idea of challenging mechanical repetition by producing and disrupting repetition itself.

* Third book of the Mahābhārata, as quoted by Carlo Rovelli in The Order of Time.

Developed with the support of WIELS Contemporary Art Centre.