Paulinho Moska, the Brazilian singer-songwriter of science
What do scientists and artists have in common? After touring 12 Latin American countries, Moska searches for the "creative" key in the documentary Tu casa es Mi Casa.
Reconciling two worlds as seemingly different as art and science is not easy, even if imagination is an essential part of both. How do you understand string theory or genetic mutation if you can't also think of them in abstract terms? What looks more like a Pollock than a supernova?
In the early 2000s, Paulinho Mosko, a Brazilian composer and musician, met through fellow artist and friend Jorge Drexler, Pablo Casacuberta, one of those wonderful 'Da Vinci' who make many kinds of art. Moska and Casacuberta began to travel around the American continent to create a documentary series entitled Zoombido exploring the processes of musical composition.
Six years later and with more than two hundred episodes behind them, both artists still wanted to continue traveling and discovering music and as Casacuberta was the son of scientists, they decided to take advantage of their travels to go in search of Latin scientists who could explain to them how the world is changing.
And something else... Each time they stopped in a country, Moska would compose a song about a scientific idea and invite a local author, including visual artists and tattoo artists, to showcase the artistic personalities of Latin America, Moska told Reporte Índigo.
The project, which they started in 2017, was very innovative and a good test of bridging disciplines. The problem was that neither scientific production companies and television stations were interested in art, nor those dedicated to art understood why they should talk about science.
The rejections came and went until finally HBO decided to acquire Tu Casa es Mi Casa, a documentary miniseries in which they travel through 12 Latin American countries in one-hour episodes and which included at least a dozen new tattoos on Paulinho Moska's left arm in the form of a travel diary.
"Every Sunday we landed in a country, on Monday we had the day to walk around the city and plan things, there was a pre-production, where we were going to film, the cafés, the museums, the squares, and there were local producers who had already pre-produced these locations," explained the Brazilian.
For Moska, the greatness of the project, in which musicians and artists such as Ximena Sariñana and Fernando Llanos participate, is that it shows a Latin America different from the one we know and opens a window to other cultures and customs.
"The idea is to embrace science, Latin America, art and the people", he concludes.