We begin to hear before we are born, four and a half months after conception. From then on, we develop in a continu- ous and luxurious bath of sounds: the song of our mother's voice, the swash of her breathing, the trumpeting of her intestines, the timpani of her heart. Throughout the second four-and-a-half months, Sound rules as solitary Queen of our senses: the close and liquid world of uterine darkness makes Sight and Smell impossible, Taste monochromatic, and Touch a dim and general- ized hint of what is to come.

Birth brings with it the sudden and simultaneous ignition of the other four senses, and an intense competition for the throne that Sound had claimed as hers. The most notable pretender is the darting and insistent Sight, who dubs himself King as if the throne had been standing vacant, waiting for him.

Walter Munch, foreword to AudioVision by Michel Chion 

There is a story which goes like this: In the middle of a battle there is a company of Italian soldiers in the trenches, and an Italian com- mander who issues the command “Soldiers, attack!” He cries out in a loud and clear voice to make himself heard in the midst of the tumult, but nothing happens, nobody moves. So the commander gets angry and shouts louder: “Soldiers, attack!” Still nobody moves. And since in jokes things have to happen three times for something to stir, he yells even louder: “Soldiers, attack!” At which point there is a response, a tiny voice rising from the trenches, saying appreciatively “Che bella voce!” “What a beautiful voice!”

Mladen Dolar, A Voice and Nothing More

Em Audio/Visão continuo a abordar a relação Actriz-Público.

Convidei os artistas Jan Deboon e Silas Neuman para pesquisar comigo sobre as decisões que tomamos como actores quando estamos a representar para um público.

Vamos co-criar um espectáculo onde o público pode escolher se quer ser 'espectador' ou 'membro da audiência'. Deve escolher entre ver ou ouvir. Decidindo com qual deste dois sentidos quer perceber o espectáculo.

projecto Maria João Falcão co-criação Jan Deboon, Maria João Falcão e Silas Neuman