Anna Raimondo

A mermaid is on air
10’51”
2016

A work by Anna Raimondo
Sound mix: Jeanne Débarsy
Sound effects: Céline Bernard
Sound effects recordings: Stjin Norga
commissioned by Radio Reina Sofia (Es), Ö1 Kunstradio (At), Radio Revolten (De)


IMG_909A mermaid is a mystery.
A mystery which crosses different universes and registers.
Half bird or half fish?
Femmes fatales or a simple and innocent beautiful girl?
Prophet or destroyer?

Between the world of death people and the alive ones, anyway, she is a woman.
Becoming woman, waves, becoming mermaid, “a mermaid is on air” is a sonic trip trough these universes, where the voice, the subjectivity and the process of the perception of listening are central to explore them.
And as a mysterious univers of the waves, the mermaid also embodies here the potential of electromagnetic waves in her possibility to cross the air, the water and the earth.
Playing on different levels, the work deconstructs the myth of the mermaid, mixing different legends and stereotypes about its figure.
The mermaid becomes here an ironic and poetic way to approach what means “being woman” beyond instructions to follow and stereotypes to fill.
At the same time, this figure also activates the imaginary related to the sea as an horizon of possibility where to find the other and the self in continuous transformation.