A letter from Quim Bigas to Materiais Diversos

Since the beginning of april I have been talking with Elisabete Paiva and Sofia Matos from the festival “Materiais Diversos“. We’ve had, and we are still having, many great conversations that are enriching and inspiring.
At some point, they’ve asked me to send some text to them and, during that period, I was a bit bored and not motivated to write staring at a screen… Felt I need it, and I still do, get in touch with things and still feel that my touch is involved in certain thingies. At the time I was talking to them, I was also pretty much into being on the void of collaging and the whole displacement of images and imaginations.

Finally, I’ve decided to handwrite the text and to send it via post.
The whole handwriting thing was very engaging. First, I wrote several drafts, then I pretended to pass some of the text into the final version… then, need it to get rid of some stuff or find out of a big mistake and need to start again the page… My body was caring for my words and trying to make them readable. My wrist was tired at times and my neck was, as I say in the text, holding some tension…. During the process, I thought about some images, out of context, little cuts which also increase the holder’s experience. In order to read the text, you need it to move the images…
It was a great process of understanding the process of my body within this context as well as projecting myself into a future. The letter arrived a month later and they have transcribed and translated (available in Portugueses and “my” English) the content.

Materiais Diversos put the letter in their site and I am happy to leave the link here so you can read it or take a look at it.
I also encourage you to follow up “O tempo das cerezas” as the other contributions are full of value and reflective input.

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