The Sergio Motta Art and Technology Award in association with Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía present the “Paisagens” video exhibition.

In the context of the exhibition “Braaaasiiiil – cinema, video, performance e concerto” 14 Brazilian videos (duration approximately 1 hour) are being shown at the auditorium of Museo Reina Sofía. Daniela Bousso’s curatorial design focuses on several aspects of the production of contemporary art, posing questions on the language issues in Brazilian videography for over a decade, as well as the socio-political aspects of art. The videos reveal singularities of Brazilian reality while raising the metaphor of “location” to a universal condition.

André Parente | Beth Moysés | Caetano Dias | Dias e Riedweg | Éder Santos | Gilbertto Prado and Silvia Laurentiz | Giselle Beiguelman | Janaína Tschäpe | Kátia Maciel | Letícia Parente | Luiz duVa | Milena Travassos | Oriana Duarte | Raquel Kogan and Lea Van Steen

Location: Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (MNCARS), Madrid, Spain

Period: January 21 – February 29, 2008

“Braaaasiiiil” | curatorial design by Berta Sichel, Audiovisual Department – MNCARS

“Paisagens” | curatorial design by Daniela Bousso, Instituto Sergio Motta

Synopses

André Parente | Sabinópolis, MG, 1957. Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
Kátia Maciel | Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 1963. Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
Dança das cadeiras, 2007, 1’45
Two people walk around a couple of chairs, which are gradually removed from the scene, but the two continue walking around in circles.

Beth Moysés | São Paulo, SP, 1960. Lives and works in São Paulo.
Memória do afeto – Brasília, 2002, 3’57”
Video of a performance with 120 women in wedding dresses, walking silently towards the Cathedral of Brasília, on the avenue of the Three Powers. All participants are involved in domestic violence.

Caetano Dias | Feira de Santana, BA, 1959. Lives and works in Salvador.
O mundo de Janiele, 2007, 4’
On a sunny afternoon, a girl is playing with a hula-hoop on a spread of concrete in a poor area of the urban periphery while the world rotates around her. The orbital path of the hula-hoop is reiterated by the circular movement of the camera.

Luiz duVa | São Paulo, SP, 1965. Lives and works in São Paulo.
Retratos in motion: o beijo, 2005, 4’
Taking photos with a cell phone, duVa uses techniques for manipulating and improvising images in real time – calling them live images – to revive feelings experienced while capturing the image.

Éder Santos | Belo Horizonte, MG, 1960. Lives and works in Belo Horizonte.
Obras do Sr., 2005, 4’
The stagnant life of works of men, their weaknesses, habits, and afflictions. The inertial mechanisms of human structures are questioned with repetition of objects and constructions taken from everyday life.

Gilbertto Prado | Santos, SP, 1954. Lives and works in São Paulo.
Silvia Laurentz | São Paulo, SP, 1960. Lives and works in São Paulo.
Incógnito, 2007, 2’19”
This video-poem is a virtual journey to the inner roots of the word cógnito. Similarly, sound too is an internal exploration of the spoken word.

Giselle Beiguelman | São Paulo, SP, 1962. Lives and works in São Paulo.
Tunnelscapes, 2006, 2’8”
Boatscapes, 2006, 2’20”
Cell phone videos are part of the series of fast_slow/scapes moving around a stable observer to pose a kind of ephemeral picture of the contemporary nomadic condition.

Janaina Tschäpe | Munich, Germany, 1973. Lives and works in New York, USA.
Lacrimacorpus, 2004, 3’36”
The scene for the video is a room in Ettersberg Castle, near Weimar, Germany. The artist is interested in the dubious history of a place that was Goethe’s summer home for many years and then used as a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

Kátia Maciel | Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 1963. Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.
Mareando, 2007, 1’
A woman is sitting with her back to us, looking at the ocean. Waves are moving at different rhythms.

Letícia Parente | Salvador, BA, 1930 – Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 1991.
Marca registrada, 1974, 8’
The artist embroiders the line “Made in Brazil” on the sole of her foot using a needle with black thread. The aim is to materialize the idea of reification of the person as a characteristic aspect of contemporary society.

Mauricio Dias | Rio de Janeiro, RJ, 1964.
Walter Riedweg | Lucerne, Switzerland, 1955.
Pau na bandeira, 2006, 1’07”
The video shows a static image of the Brazilian flag with a fan in the middle. Although the fan spins, the flag does not move, so this projection of the flag recalls the image of a plane that does not take off.

Milena Travassos | Recife, PE, 1976. Lives and works in Fortaleza.
Vertigem, 2006, 3’05”
The video raises issues relating to body, place, and dislocation. The body and its actions subvert a previously selected locus and pose a different apprehension of landscape by presenting an action executed in an unusual territory or context.

Oriana Duarte | Campina Grande, PB, 1966. Lives and works in Recife.
Os riscos de E.V.A. (experimentos em vôos artísticos), 2004, 5’
Video documentary based on three performances, in which the artist does extreme sports with bodily situations that challenge limits posed by nature and gravity.

Raquel Kogan | São Paulo, SP, 1955. Lives and works in São Paulo.
Lea Van Steen | São Paulo, SP, 1965. Lives and works in São Paulo.
Reprodução Proibida, 2007, 5’35”

The video documents clothes going through a laundry. Clothes with no body or identity, but having their own characteristics. If they were somebody, whose would they be? Someone who is not identified but at the same time is almost unique. Clothing provide us with our limits, or our boundaries.