Fantasma Boca (Mouth Ghost) (2023) is a sound performance where Brazilian artists Vivian Caccuri and Thiago Lanis recreate the soundscape of a tropical forest. Sounds are recreated one by one and birds, insects, water, air, and other beings are simulated by the performers using their lips and mouths only.
Caccuri is an artist and musicologist based in Rio de Janeiro. For the past 15 years, Caccuri has been developing installations, performances, drawings, and embroideries that investigate how sound can disorient everyday experiences, inspire new forms of living, and shift power dynamics in society. Caccuri’s artistic practice seeks to highlight the active yet under-recognized aspects of sound.
Lanis is a composer and music producer born in Arará, a slum in Rio de Janeiro. Being exposed since childhood to the cultural plurality of the favelas – the Brazilian working-class neighbourhoods with a mostly black population – Thiago is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who is deeply inspired by polyrhythmic genres of Brazilian, Latin American, and African music. Mouth Ghost (Fantasma Boca) is commissioned by iii, The Hague in collaboration with Rewire and Novas Frequências.