Development grant
Naiades | videoinstallation | 2007

The work explores the crossing of the body in situations, with the video device, building an interface from a videoinstallation split into two spaces. Each built space as a variant of the perspective in which the same basic situation is presented in two different space-perspective, dematerializing the body-physicality, and proposing a different form of presence-body-image, triggering varying sensory possibilities in viewers. The idea comes from a basic situation in which a woman is sitting in a rusty bathtub surrounded by glass jars in an abandoned silo. The woman is naked, and there are several fishes in the bath. The scene is still for a while, then water gradually flows from the walls to fill the silo. When the water starts to spill over from the bath, the fish come out and swim between the glass jars that are now floating. This project is the outcome of a series of experiments the two artists developed in recent years, working with the body in situations, transparency, water, glass and projection devices. The character is based on the mythological figure of the Naiads, nymphs that haunted springs and fountains. Water from these wells had an ambiguous role. Some sources say it cured those drinking it, or bathing in it. Others attribute a sacred function and prohibit direct contact; those who dared to violate this ban were struck by a mysterious disease. This two-sided aspect of their origins provides the basis for working with two perspectives of interaction. One is a certain immobility in which the viewer is poised to view the image in a more distant manner mediated by reflection. The other entering the space of the image with the incorporation of displacement itself as a form of experience.

Milena Travassos

Born in Recife, lives and works in Fortaleza. Holds a master’s in philosophy (UECE) and a Capes research grant, graduated in visual arts (FGF) and philosophy (UECE). Attended the Laboratory of Visual Arts at Instituto de Arte Contemporânea (IAC) in Recife for two years. Worked as visual arts coordinator for Fundação de Cultura de Fortaleza (FUNCET). Currently coordinates the Alpendre visual arts center.

Alexandre Veras

Head of Alprendre art, research and production center, for which he coordinates the video group, and educational projects and is co-responsible for curatorial design for the visual arts center, which stages interventions with artists from all over Brazil. Also director of production company Alpendre Produções. Working with video since 1989 and has developed intense activity as a professor of video, holding workshops on videoart, documentary work, video dance, and the history and theory of experimental film. He has been developing research and production in videoart, video dance, and projected images, and collaborated with various artists on video projects and video installations.