Concluded work
4,33 minutos de Hora do Brasil para John Cage | videoinstallation | 1999

This multimedia performance is built around a few basic questions: the principle of appropriation and the Duchampian ready-made, non-sense, and taking up new media as support for discussion between real and virtual worlds. Inspired by intervals of silence in the musical production of John Cage, in particular the piece 4.33 ‘, the performance builds a syntax from the principle of collage, in which fragments intersect to create multiple meanings. In this case, a computer program – voice channel – clearly reproduces the performer’s words. But the same program adapted to the voice of the performer does not recognize the broadcast sound of the radio program A Hora do Brasil (an official news compendium) and projects a text unrelated to the words of the person performing on the screen. The noise, diversion and disassociation between the contents of the human voice and the radio voice lead to distancing for the audience due to the differences between the discourses articulated. Then a foreign voice associated with the image of an animated dummy starts to read what was written in the text editor. The voice sounds dull and artificial. Randomness and syntax-less language configure opinions between reality and interpretation of reality. On deciding to fill the 4.33 ‘ silence of John Cage with dissonance and randomness, the artist ironically brings out the clash between perception of the machine, human perception and a foreigner’s take of the official version of a Brazilian icon: A Hora do Brasil.

Bruno Lima

Born August 15, 1975, Rio de Janeiro. Studied at Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage. He studied painting under Professor João Magalhães, from 1998 to 2001. Held the solo exhibition Projeto para a última pintura modernista at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and showed work at several other group painting exhibitions.