Awkward Moments is a series of artistic collaborations with sound as starting point. Initiated by composer and sound artist Mimi Xu, the essence of the work is to use the immediacy, interaction and connectedness of live performances to create an ephemeral “meeting playground” for artists from diverse disciplines. Each episode of the series is framed by six chapters, illustrating one life cycle. The chapters follow a beat per minute loosely based on the human heart rate and defined by a cyclical music key structure. Awkward Moments echoes the theory of Eternal recurrence* which suggests the universe and all existence and energy has been recurring, and will continue to recur, in an infinite number of times across infinite time or space, and so does the human condition.
From every collaboration a new story is born and brought to life through one dedicated or multiple formats (performance, installation, video, concert…). Each series is an evolutive work in progress and can take various forms, in different times. Aiming for an interlacing of different temporal layers of artistic traditions, the series open a door for collaborations to move boundaries, both physical and emotional.
The first series of Awkward Moments took place at Rye Wax, a South London venue for vinyl collectors and music lovers. In conjunction with Free to Move, a night concept where music becomes a way of integration providing a platform for marginalised groups to come together and share experiences. The event aims to bridge the gap between fundraising events and the more ‘integration’ based support centres, whilst also being an exciting project for everyone to be involved in. For the occasion, Awkward Moments Series I became a five piece band performing the six chapters - Birth, School, Work, Decay, Death, Rebirth - as a live show and a concept album composed by Mimi Xu. The LP is now available on all digital music platforms.
Collaborators : Jess Dymond-Barber, Esa Williams, Mim Suleiman, Gillian Maguire, Guy Vesey, Kirill Burlov, Maily Beyrens