BORN in La Romana, DR
Los Angeles RAISED
LIVING in NYC
…subway strike already set a record…for morning gridlock in Sao Paulo…and snagged several FIFA officials in over two hours of traffic as they arrived for a conference ahead of the World Cup. The Sao Paulo metro is the main link to the city’s World Cup host stadium, and the strike could force organisers to come up with last-minute alternative transportation for tens of thousands of fans.
adrian piper, catalysis VI (new york, 1970 performance)
“Piper’s Catalysis was a series of conceptual performances in Manhattan that violated social norms of public behaviour. Photographs document the artist bearing a WET PAINT sign in a crowded street, stuffing her mouth with a towel on public transportation, wearing smelly clothes inside a store, and playing a recording of belching sounds inside a library. Piper never announced that she was performing; unlike televised pranks, the interventions offered no moment of revelation for the strangers who witnessed her behaviour. By escaping the confines of the art context, Piper risked appearing repellent, if not crazy. Acting as a catalytic agent for chance reactions, she dissolved the boundary between art and life.”
San Antônio de Jesus, Bahia, Brazil, b. 1970
Cabeca Acustica (Acoustic Head), 1996. Assembled from two aluminum basins that are commonly used in Bahia for washing laundry.
Marepe combined the two basins, creating a hollow volume, and connected another simple kitchen utensil, a funnel of sorts to one end. At the other end, he cut an opening into the volume, large enough for a human head to fit. The object’s immediate use is to amplify sounds, like a megaphone. It is activated in a performative gesture, requiring one person to place the head inside the hollow enclosure, while another person may sing or speak into the funnel. Its transformative potential resides not only in the performative requirement necessary for the work’s success but also in the way in which it enables thinking about a very different use of the most simple of materials.