Boomkat Product Review:
Bonkers, fascinating document of Eduardo Kac’s obscure Porn Art Movement (1980-1982); presenting a previously unissued collection of Brazilian sound poetry, including five performances recorded on Ipanema Beach in 1982 amid loads of fart noises and filthy Portuguese porn-poems!
Quite easily one of the most unhinged and funniest sides we’ve heard from the ever-unpredictable Alga Marghen, on the surface Pornéia sounds like a silly schoolboy’s fantasy or the soundtrack to a bawdy ’70s comedy. However, it was formally conceived as a poke in the bum to Brazil’s then-reigning military dictatorship and its restrictive social policies, by flipping stigmatised material and using the presentation of the body as critical weapons against normative values.
Kinda remarkably, these tracks have never seen the light of day before, and that’s not simply due to the porn content, because there isn’t really any in the recordings (although you’ll catch a few flaccid cocks and rude graffiti in the accompanying book). Rather, we’d imagine the more flatulent parts probably didn’t cut the mustard with Brazil’s board of respectability, if they have one, or even more likely, the political critique and apparent blasphemy of the recordings made on Ipanema Beach were too hot to handle.
Sadly our translator implants aren’t online yet, but we tell that those beach actions all got a raucous response in the recordings, and we can possibly detect a precedent for Reeves & Mortimer’s Le Corbusier et Papin sketch in the final part of Poema flatográfico para acompanhar a Viúva Alegre. In all, it’s one of those records that’s perhaps best kept to yourself, or at least between you and understanding pals. Then again, fuck it; play it on the radio.