VERBO 2013

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VERBO 2013

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VERBO 2013
Performance Art Festival [9th edition]
November 12 and 13, 2013
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Galeria Vermelho

On November 12 and 13, Galeria Vermelho is presenting the 9th edition of the performance art festival VERBO, featuring a selection of proposals received during 2013. The artists participating in the 9th edition are Felipe Bittencourt (SP), Vivian Caccuri (RJ), Felipe Cidade (SP), Hyperpotamus (Spain), Pedro Moraes (RJ), Luisa Mota (Portugal), Guilherme Peters (SP), Celina Portella (RJ), and Fabíola Tasca (MG).

A not-for-profit event created in 2005 by Galeria Vermelho, VERBO presents an overview of creations by Brazilian and foreign artists in the field of performance. In accordance with the process used since the show’s 3rd edition, in 2007, the curatorial selection of the 9th edition of VERBO is based on an analysis of more than 170 proposals received during 2013.

The criticism of the social, political and economic system that triggered popular protests in large cities in Brazil and the rest of the world has set the tone for this edition of VERBO.

Empata Arte (2013), by Felipe Cidade, makes reference to a strategy created by unionist and activist Chico Mendes, who was committed to preventing the destruction of forests in the state of Acre. The action, a mix of pacifism and bellicosity, foresees the creation of a barrier made with the bodies of men, women and children. A similar procedure, though not always pacifist, is used by police battalions in confrontations with protesters all over the world.

Cidade’s Empata Arte appropriates this procedure to create a chain of more than 80 people around Galeria Vermelho’s main building. During the performance, they will use their bodies to prevent access to the building, where other actions will be taking place. Inserted in the private space of the art gallery, Cidade’s action represents a criticism of today’s closed and protected art circuit, in which the information is disseminated within the circuit itself, in a self-feeding process.

An action created by Pedro Moraes, Não existe resposta certa, se não existe pergunta (A Esfinge) [There Is No Correct Answer, If There Is No Question (The Sphinx)] (2012) presents a trumpet player who is awaiting the arrival of the observer in the exhibition space. When this takes place, he plays a sound effect known as the “sad trombone,” often used in cartoons to indicate failure. In a certain sense, the action refers to the idea that a productive relationship with art requires a clashing that frustrates the viewer, challenging him/her with engagement rather than simply the contemplation of beauty.

Vivian Caccuri, who participated in the last edition of VERBO, in 2012, is returning to the show with Quadro Maior [Larger Frame] (2013), a composition based on the capture of sounds of objects which, throughout the performance, are transformed into a still life. With a microphone, a VHS camera, and a program that broadcasts the sound through space, the artist takes the different temporalities suggested by the sounds of the objects and combines them with intervals from the album Balbec, an epic work that inspired this piece. Hyperpotamus (Jorge Ramirez-Escudero) is a “multivocal” artist from Madrid, who creates songs using only his own voice,

microphones and loop pedals. His place of creation is the street. After participating in various bands, the artist decided to embark on a solo career. Various of his compositions were created in subway stations in Madrid. After the release of his first album, Largo Bailón, in 2009, Hyperpotamus gained worldwide renown, but his concerts continue to take place in unusual places, such as: the banks of the Danube River, occupied apartments in Berlin, Paris flower shops, restaurants in Chile, the Casa do Povo of Bratislava, the Ceaucescu Palace in Bucharest, churches in Belfast, old folks’ homes in Bilbao, or at the entrance to Stalin’s Palace, in Warsaw. Hyperpotamus’s participation in Verbo 2013 has received support from the Spanish Embassy in Brazil.

On a wall of concrete blocks we read the words: “em uma sociedade que aboliu todo tipo de aventura, a única aventura que sobrou é abolir essa mesma sociedade” [in a society that has abolished every sort of adventure, the only adventure left is to abolish that society]. In Bail 1 (2012), the body of Guilherme Peters is thrown into the air, executing a maneuver known in the skate world as the wallride. Bail 1 comments on the end of the ideologies.

Portuguese artist Luisa Mota, accompanied by a group of volunteers, will produce the work entitled I believe in good things coming, consisting of a procession through the streets of the city. All of the participants of the procession, including the artist herself, will wear clothes made of reflective fabric that transforms these characters into “invisible men.”

Audiência Pública (segunda versão) [Public Audience (second version] (2013–2014) by Fabíola Tasca, appropriates the discursive content of the 20th-century avant-garde movements to create a commentary on what continues to be audible today. Would a possible updating for this discursive rhetoric necessarily point to the idea of the failure of the modern ambitions to articulate art and life? Do the appeals of countless manifestoes make any sense today?

In Lições para pessoas e coisas [Lessons for People and Things] (2011) Felipe Bittencourt carries out a series of actions with a stuffed animal, and then replicates them with his own body, seeking the fusion of the two identities. When the actions replicated in the artist’s body become violent and aggressive, all predictability is lost.

Nós [We] (2011), by Celina Portella, is an action between the body and its multiples seen as life-size projections. The interaction between body and image generates simple and dynamic compositions and results in various movements among the “characters.” It is an action among five bodies. Performing live, the artist seeks to relate to her multiples, completing the choreographic compositions suggested by the bodies that appear in the video, sometimes occupying empty spaces, sometimes overlaying herself to the bodies in more or less wide and precise movements.

November 12, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Vivian Caccuri Quadro Maior
Felipe Cidade Empata Arte
Hyperpotamus Hyperpotamus
Pedro Moraes Não existe resposta certa, se não existe pergunta (A Esfinge)
Guilherme Peters Bail 1

November 13, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Luisa Mota I believe in good things coming
Pedro Moraes Não existe resposta certa, se não existe pergunta (A Esfinge)
Celina Portella Nós
Fabíola Tasca Audiência Pública
Felipe Bittencourt Lições para pessoas e coisas

VERBO 2013/ 9th edition of the performance art show
ARTISTS: Felipe Bittencourt (SP), Vivian Caccuri (RJ), Felipe Cidade (SP), Hyperpotamus (Spain), Pedro Moraes (RJ), Luisa Mota (Portugal), Guilherme Peters (SP), Celina Portella (RJ), and Fabíola Tasca (MG).
DATE: November 12 and 13, 2013.
TIME: 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
PLACE: Vermelho / Rua Minas Gerais, 350 / 01244010 / São Paulo, SP, Brazil / tel.: +(55 11) 3138 1520
Web: www.galeriavermelho.com.br
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