Development grant
Marco Amador-sessão Cursos | videoinstallation | 2007

The project proposes executing a videoinstallation posing a new experience of the video work O Marco Amador-sessão Cursos using concepts such as transcinema and immersion cinema. A blindfolded man places himself in the charge of a clown as his guide. Images of this situation alternate throughout the video. At times there is a game of blindman’s buff, (replaced by clay models of the head of the blindfolded man ), at times shots move across different landscapes or places (a waterfall, a cliff, a forest, the ruins of an old building, the middle of a highway, etc.). Constantly on the brink of peril, the tension in these scenes is cut across by short sketches in which a headless narrator solemnly announces certificates for unusual courses; actions performed by the two in indoor environments, such as going up or down a stairs leading nowhere; finally the discreet appearances of an albino waiter dressed all in white serving wine to the clown in a totally white setting. In the video, the main character, the blindfolded man places himself under the charge of a clown as his guide, unaware of where he is or in which landscape he is moving, and it is this experience of spatial-temporal suspension that the installations attempts to propose for viewers. Experience prompted by the spatiality of this work which causes viewers to plunge into a state of loss of awareness of the content of the video (where it begins, or ends), similar to that experienced by the character in the video. So on moving into the videoinstallation, no image is previously offered to viewers. Images emerge as presence sensing devices detect their presence and movements. Here, the condition of a viewer is similar to that of the blindfold man who has no prior awareness of what is to come through vision.

Paulo Meira

Meira has been working with video performances, photography, installations and paintings since the early 1990s His oeuvre is charged with symbolism and inhabited by bizarre creatures referencing characters from works of historical painters as such Velazquez or Brueghel.