“Play” was a project developed by Matilde Meireles and Diogo Alvim with the participation of experimental filmmaker Richard O’Sullivan. This multilayered performance was specially conceived for the annex of the Physical Education Centre at Queen’s University Belfast, a building composed of several squash courts and an audience area. The project encompassed live music (a brass ensemble), electronics, video projections, and a live squash game, all affecting the perception of the site.
This building became the main character of an immersive acoustic experience, where a game of squash was the starting point to explore ideas about architecture and place through sound. The squash courts were subject to acoustic processes extrapolated from two of Alvin Lucier’s most important works—”Vespers” and “I am sitting in room”. Also the floor markings were manipulated, as a reference to Edward Krasinski’s obsession with a never-ending line. These extended beyond the performance space to reveal unexpected connections.