BITE #4 – Passepartout Duo
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE US TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Nicoletta Favari & Christopher Salvito form the group Passepartout Duo and are currently artists in residence at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai.
HOW DID THE COVID-19 BREAKDOWN AFFECT YOUR WORK AS AN ARTIST?
Since we arrived here in October, we have developed new and old ideas regarding our work, which consists of reconsidering the modalities in which we listen to and connect with music. On April 10th, we released our debut LP called Vis-à-Vis, the result of a year of travels between China and Europe. The release was going to be accompanied by a tour of concerts throughout China, but the pandemic made that an impossibility, and our schedules have been rearranging to cope with the situation.
HAS YOUR WAY OF THINKING/PRODUCING ART CHANGED? IN WHAT WAY?
The change brought our work into this much more inward state, and we began to cherish even more our time in the studio. Without live events, it has been interesting to contextualize our performance without the public and face to face interaction.
At the same time, we’ve always felt like embracers of what the internet has on offer, and being an always-on-the-road group we’ve been trained to stay flexible, be resilient, and communicate remotely. During this long months of studio time we mainly focused on two new projects. The first, consisted of building from scratch our own electronic instruments, something we’d never have had the time to dive into otherwise. The second focuses on paper-fed music boxes combined to create visual compositions, that fossilize in shapes some of our new music, as for example in this diptych. This creative process is particularly time-consuming – the concentration and the patience therefore required is what kept us sane in the Covid19 times. For us, it’s one of our most ‘visual’ projects, and definitely represents a new unexpected direction – we’re always hopeful to try and fail, and in a way our extra time inside has been great for this too.