Tonico Lemos Auad presents a sound installation, ‘Desafinado/Out of Tune', 2003/2008, played on a loop which is being shown in the UK for the first time. Auad recorded a well-known blind Brazilian singer whistling the recognisable Brazilian ballad Desafinado by Joao Gilberto continuously for several hours. Auad observes the performer's inhaling becoming demonstrably more demanding, selecting a point where the tune begins to break down. The resulting sound is melodious and melancholic and immediately familiar to any Brazilian, but the pauses charge the empty spaces with a distinct longing. The artist was interested in mapping the emptiness through this work, although now the work has also become a reflective commentary on the current socio-economic situation in Brazil.
The exhibition runs from 20 May until 2 July 2016.