26 Sep 2011 2011, Amikejo, anthem, collaboration, Fermin Jiménez Landa and Lee Welch, Laboratorio 987, Moresnet Neutral, MUSAC, project space
Pasacalles de la Agrupación Musical La Cena por León. Foto: Latitudes | www.lttds.org
'Himno Nacional' (National Anthem, 2011)
A project by Fermín Jiménez Landa & Lee Welch
24 September 2011 at 13:30h (centre of León) and 19.30h (MUSAC)
"In the context of 'Amikejo' – an exhibition cycle on micro-nations, historical anomalies, common endeavours and optimism – a León marching band has been invited to compose a new national anthem. Composed in the most archaic tradition, markedly romantic, military and patriotic, the anthem enacts a parodic attempt to reach a futile objective: the conquering of a small island in the Aegean Sea through invasion-by-sound.
Forming a journey loop from León to the island and back again, the musical representation of nationhood becomes an end in itself. During the exhibition opening, the 65+ musicians of the Agrupación Musical La Cena paraded through the streets of León (Plaza San Marcelo, Plaza Don Gutierre; Plaza San Martín; Plaza de Regla (in front of the cathedral); and Palacio de Botines) in what could be seen as a playful, ceremonial or military action, and perform an anthem that is familiar in its musical idiom and yet is completely unidentifiable".
– Fermín Jiménez Landa
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