Hapax signifies the instantaneity of the moment. As defined in the Aurelio dictionary of Portuguese “hapax” is the last remaining word of an extinct language found in its abbreviated form in Greek: “hapax lego menon”, i.e. something that has been said but once.
Hapax has now existed for 5 years, born of an authentic drive to interfere in the public urban environment. The beginning musical interferences kick off in 2001 with installation performances in the swinging neighbourhood of Lapa, in Rio de Janeiro, gradually turning into a Friday night attraction for 8 months. The musical approach is based on the research of the sound of iron scrap, industrial bulk, junkyard objects capable of presenting the sonorities and pitches of an urban, pop, experimental music. The actual music is made with electronic sampling and programming, mixed with the steel hums and dins of the objects, actually ready-mades, elaborated assemblages of the residues originated from the most diverse industrial techno parks, built and rebuilt throughout the performances.
Keeping to its hybrid course, Hapax has created throughout the years a poetic stance applicable to an array of languages, urban intervention, experimental music, sculpture/object, improvised performances, etc… In all fields of intervention what is at stake is the constant relentless research into sound, sonorous bodies, transmitters and receptors of dins that actually make up public spaces, that actually compose the city. Hapax depicts contemporary conurbations in a playful performing live act taking the sounds here and now.
Hapax are Daniel Castanheira, Ericson Pires and Ricardo Cutz. From distinct areas and careers, i.e. poetry, music, theatre, cinema and the visual arts, the group defines itself as an art collective. Using as its creative tool a broad technological cornucopia, stretching the limits of high-tech and low-tech appliances such as samplers, sensors, synthesizers, electronic drums, uhf radios, and just about any electro-electrical apparatus capable of producing sound are used in the composition of the group’s repertoire.
In the last five years the Hapax art collective has participated in numerous events and acts some of which worthy of highlighting: The Abre Alas 2006 exhibit at the Gentil Carioca gallery (RJ,2006), inauguration of the Caixa Economica Federal cultural centre (RJ,2006), the exhibit “Corpos virtuais: arte e tecnologia” (trans. Virtual bodies: art and technology) at the Telemar Cultural Centre, curator Ivana Bentes (RJ,2005), the first interactive performance via-satellite in Brazil in collaboration with video artist Eder Santos, at the Nokia Trends event (curator Lucas Bambozzi, SP, RJ, 2005), Rio Cena Contemporanea Festival (RJ, 2003,2005), the theatre performance As Fenicias at the Oficina Theatre in São Paulo (SP, 2002), the Contemporary Art Panorama of Rio’s museum of Modern Art (MAM, RJ, SP, BA, 2001,2002). Furthermore the group has also held performances at several concert halls and festivals such as the Brasilia Music Festival (DF,2004), Motomix (RJ,2004), World Social Forum in Porto Alegre (RS, 2003), Recbeat (PE,2002), Cep 20,000 (RJ, 2001-2005), Casa das Caldeiras (SP,2005), Studio SP (SP,2005), Circo Voador (RJ, 2004,2005), teatro Rival (RJ,2005). Hapax has launched an album O que está acontecendo (2005), (trans. What’s happening?), with record label Mundo Perfeito, distributed in Brazil by Tratore.