Duncan Whitley’s G. D. Parada is a documentary sound and video work, depicting the amateur football club Grupo Desportivo de Parada in the rural village of Parada de Ester, central Portugal.
The work is developed from series of multichannel sound recordings, designed to capture the spatial choreography of training drills and exercises at the team’s home ground, the Campo da Nossa Senhora de Fátima. Moving beyond the themes of space and movement, the work begins to form a complex portrait of this club as a social as well as a sporting unit. As a clube da aldeia (a village club) taking part in the competitive, regional league Divisão de Honra, Grupo Desportivo de Parada embodies a unique set of identities, the reflection and product of the geographies of the remote village of Parada de Ester.
Although the work takes on an audiovisual form – in which the soundtrack supports a projected moving-image – the emphasis here is clearly on sound. This should not surprise us: G. D. Parada was first shown as a multichannel sound installation in the Serralves Museum in Porto (2010). Completed in 2012 as a multichannel sound composition with single-channel video, the work reflects the artist’s concerns with the relationships between the spaces of the screen and the soundtrack, within a context of documentary cinema and experimental moving-image and sound practice.
G.D.Parada is currently being exhibited as part of Get Some Chalk On Your Boots! at the Glass Tank Gallery. Information here.
G.D. Parada was conceived and produced initially through residencies at Nodar Artist Residency Centre (Nodar, S. Pedro do Sul) in 2008 and 2009.
Co-produced by Binaural/Nodar with the support of Grupo Desportivo de Parada.
Funded by the Portuguese General Office for the Arts.
Additional post-production support from PVA Medialab.
Sound & video: Duncan Whitley
Assistant sound recordist: Luis Costa
Transcriptions & translation: Luis Costa / Duncan Whitley
Further information about Duncan Whitley.