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Gustavo Gomes

CIVICGRACE

       CIVIC GRACE      

CIVICGRACE

        CIVIC GRACE is the musical alias of Ashley Wright, Australian producer based in Berlin. Her work is mix of oneiric sounds, an experimentation of ambient, breakbeat, dub techno and acoustic soundscapes. With her musical background stemming from her career as a professional dancer, she has built herself a sentimental approach as a producer. She works by gathering and assembling sonic fragments of the world to form layered sound tapestries that find a kind of majesty in sharp contrasts of ephemerality and nostalgia. With an ardency for story telling though sound she doesn't seek for a connection with any particular music style but encapsulates interpretation. CIVIC GRACE produces for her own choreographic works, commissioned dance pieces, art installations, live events and film. 

Since 2019 she has released three solo albums.

VOTARY : Augmented Reality

VOTARY : Augmented Reality

In Votary AR created by choreographer Gustavo Gomes is a collaboration between the artist, the expert of spatial design Pavel Cherniak, videographer Haris Ajrulahi, sound artist Civic Grace. In this work the audience can see a hybrid of different churches and dancers in iconic figures through iPads provided by the house. While films created by Gustavo Gomes and Haris Ajlurahi shows translations of mythological texts hummed as Hexadecimals in the temple. A series of rituals of washing heads and dancing are also based on binary coding translations of sacred texts. In the room the audience can also see an altar made of handmade icons in the shape of iPhones and shown as it for selling. The audience is invited to navigate through the space with the iPads while being able to watch the films, the sculptures and hearing the sound of the prayers. So they create a tableau vivant of walking figures holding cameras and seeing a reality that is only available through this device. As an introduction this already explains clearly the premises of the show: It is a human ritual filtered through technology, where people and subjective fantasies entrench as one thing in order to create a dystopian form of reality. The set designed by Cherniak is a result of a work in residency that the artists had in Tübigen in 2021and several trips that Cherniak did to Russia where he 3D-scanned more than 10 churches in small villages. With these templates he created a hybrid of train stations, city landscapes and sacred spaces. The films made by Gomes and Haris are interpretation of the dystopian future where the things made by humans worship the things that are unseen to us. Premiered at Moovy Festival Cologne on the 22nd of April 2022.
LBM – Living Building Materials (Trailer)

LBM – Living Building Materials (Trailer)

LBM – Living Building Materials Trailer Choreography: Pablo Sansalvador pablosansalvador.com @pablosansalvador LBM - Living building materials Duration: 14 minutes Music: LBM - original composition by Ashley Wright / CIVIC GRACE "Living building materials" is based on nature inspired design and the concept that living building materials will be the driving force in the future as man continues to strive higher and push the limits of physical forms. The work is based on biology, specifically corals and the way they self-repair, self-replicate and self-build. There is no better designer than nature. How will man build in harmony with nature in the future, rather than against it? Trailer filmed and edited by @pippa_samaya www.pippasamaya.com ChoreoLab 2021 is inspired by the human striving for higher things - hence the title "Higher!". As is well known, Ulm’s Cathedral has the highest church tower in the world at 161.53 meters. One day in the not-too-distant future, it will lose this world record, which it has held since 1890. With the completion of the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona, there will then be a new tallest church tower at 170 meters. ChoreoLab 2021 has commissioned two choreographers from Baden-Württemberg and two from Barcelona to investigate, reflect and question, what actually drives people to build ever "higher"? Is it about power, prestige, status, identity or is it the human desire to unite and believe in something greater than ourselves? This year's "ChoreoLab - Made in Ulm" also marks the beginning of a cultural exchange between the cities of Ulm and Barcelona. As part of this exchange, the "ChoreoLab" evening "Higher!” was performed in Barcelona for at the Sant Andreu Theatre (SAT!) on September 18, 2021.  ChoreoLab "HIGHER!" Choreographers: Paloma Muñoz / @siberia_pa