3 CLIPS | electro-acoustic music and live images | 2002-2003
Three video projections with sound show the sensations of estrangement felt by the artist. This estrangement comes from reflecting on three cultures: London today, London at the time of the Industrial Revolution and Rio de Janeiro today. Caesar’s background was in music, so combining video with a soundtrack just translates a contemporary art procedure : the work is multisensory, media does not matter. The limit of music extends to other senses such as vision. Sensitive to the Duchampianas proposals of John Cage, the work criticizes the ideal of absolute purity and art postulated by romantic ideals, and refutes the “pure layers” of art. Clips, Domingo and Steve Lá are the titles of three videos that he filmed and added sound to it with the assistance of the 24-year old web designer Larissa Pschetz . The first video reflects his estrangement in relation to the invasion of Iraq and refers to nuclear testing in the United States. Caesar was in London when Tony Blair supported President Bush’s invasion of Iraq . The second video, Domingo, reveals his startled response to the sinister aspect of the place where he was staying: a canal in the city of Stoke that had been one of the arteries of the Industrial Revolution: from which several products were exported. There were coal mines there too, and the stench of the place, the darkness and strange glows reminded him of the strenuous labor done there. He was surprised to learn that one of the coal mining he visited would be converted to a museum. The third video, Steve Lá, is a “tribute” to Cesar Maia, the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, and makes a comment based on cultural policy in Rio: when the mayor named Miguel Falabella as adviser for cultural affairs, he expected the actor to propose artistic events for Rio de Janeiro on the lines of Broadway. The situation prompted the video Steve Lá. On linking the three videos, this work combines dramatic images with others charged with irony. The relationship between images and titles are also hints that lead us to the universe of irony and satire produced by Caesar’s estrangement.
Rodolfo Caesar studied at Instituto Villa-Lobos under Reginaldo Carvalho and at GRM Conservatoire de Paris under Pierre Schaeffer, before taking his doctorate in the United Kingdom. He studied philosophy at UFRJ. Active in electroacoustic music since 1976, he was a founder of the Gloria studio in Rio, where he taught and composed, professor at the conservatory and producer at Estácio (for the programs FM Eldo-Pop and Radio Roquette-Pinto), and coordinator, producer and performer for events in Brazil and internationally. Works winning awards at competitions and commissions: Arts Council of Great Britain, Arts Council of England, Sonic Arts Network, INA/GRM, Vitae and RioArte. Professor and CNPq researcher at UFRJ’s school of music, coordinator of the Music and Technology Laboratory, Ceasar does not want music hidden away in a university, preferring to work in partnership with artists from other fields and experiment with different media and situations.