On Friday, October 20th at the gymnasium of The Aula in NYC, Daniela Czenstochowski, the artist known as Lalita, presented her first multidisciplinary performance entitled “Madre”. An original video piece filmed in Peru featured the artist dressed as a white monster eating fruit in an abandoned palace, followed immediately by a fashion performance with a live soundscape. The sensory experience of grandiose costumes, prosthetic witch-like makeup, and an eclectic group of models and actors engaging with the downtown audience pulled onlookers into the artist’s universe.
Lalita writes, “For the making of the music I used the buchla synthesizer, which is a control voltage modular synthesizer, this means I make sound by manipulating the voltages through the use of oscillators in the machine. I think it’s interesting because the most common way to measure sadness, anger or happiness is through the use of systems (such as EEGs) that measure the fluctuations of voltage in our brains. These voltage fluctuations are essentially what one measuresin a CV modular synthesizer to create sound; you manipulate the voltage.
The archetype of the mother can be perceived in all interactions; I can’t help but see it in all interactions. We have an urge for mythology and power and self obsession. If we restrain ourselves from moralising self obsession, then the absolute form narcissism is motherhood. The self allows itself to extend into another cycle, it provides a sense of eternity. I guess we crave the need to feel godlike, eternal, omnipotent less human. We need to imitate our internal systems to create environments, games, objects and relationships. I question myself these things and making environments such as “Madre” help me cope with these questions. I don’t look to define or answer, it just feels right to engage music-wise in this particular form, while simultaneously getting to research on topics of interest.”
To see excerpts from the ‘Madre’ film and explore the digital extension of the performance, visit www.lalita.online
Photography by Stefan Schwartzman.