Category Archives: Mixed media installation

Das sombras que permanecem

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Das sombras que permanecem

2017
Mixed media installation
Video, sand, glass, drawing

Das sombras que permanecem is an installation that explores the struggle between the motionless time and the infinite movement that resonates in the cyclic phenomena of nature and in the human condition resilience. In this tense game of contrasts between mobility and immobility of the image, opacity and transparency of the materials, crystalline luminosity or shaded diffuse projection, we can witness the unfolding of a mobile landscape of uncertain contours inhabited by motionless characters that remain in a position of suspended effort. The cycle of nature, here represented by the tides, the verticality of the incessant movement of the waves that spread out and transform into allusive earth features, the perpetual movement of the inert characters, contribute to reflect on the subtle changes in the repetition of events inherent to the experience of time and the human endeavour in dealing with that contingency.

Fundação da Juventude. Palácio das Artes, Porto, Portugal, 2017.

A natureza entre dois mundos

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A Natureza entre dois mundos

2013
Mixed media installation
Video, loop (colour, sound), mirror, steel.

This installation had its starting point the representation mode of the Eastern culture which implies a process of reverse painting as opposed to the pictorial representations of the West, since the first layers of the painting are the first ones visible across the glass, and the last strokes are the least visible. This process is precisely the opposite of the pictorial representation that characterizes the tromp l’oeil of Renaissance painting.

Starting from this idea, A Natureza entre dois mundos (The Nature between two worlds) displays the possibility of presenting both the front and back of the projected video image, as if we were able to see, at the same time, the beginning and the end of its creation, as if the image could tell two truths at the same time.

Galeria da Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa, PT

Encontro catróptico num plano inesperado

Encontro catróptico num plano inesperado

2012
Mixed media installation
Photograph, video (loop, sound)mirror, furniture.

On this specular surface a set of projected images are presented. They can be revealed only when the viewer looks from a particular point of view (the sublime point, where both sides of a duality can be understood simultaneously) in relation to the mirror, just like an anamorphic image. Thus, the reflected image “fits” in the transparent or blank areas of the mirror, which in turn present the projected images. The specular space restores some consistency, but also a certain awkwardness. The spectator, standing in a particular point of view, faces the confrontation between all direct and deferred projections, specular and videographic. All these components are in tension on a flat surface: the mirror.

This installation presents the notion of projection according with three distinct possibilities: 1) a projected image, using light; 2) an image reflected by a specular surface; 3) and a perceived image of the set of the first two, according to a particular point of view.

Casa-Mudeu Medeiros de Almeida, PT

O espelho da cidade

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O espelho da cidade

2011
Installation, two mirrors, Looped video, mute.

This video shows an image from the beginning of the XX century, depicting Portuguese intellectuals and artists in Martinho da Arcada coffee shop, located in Lisbon. This film was shot under water, taking advantage of its movements and describing a counterclockwise circular camera motion. It represents the erratic passing of time, constantly interrupted by the fluid movement of the water that mirrors and reflects the symmetric image.
This video was retro-projected on a blank area of the mirror. Consequently, not only is the video image itself (deferred) reflected through the water, but it also relates to the viewer’s own image reflected at that very moment.

On the mirror on the right there was a sentence from Almeida Garrett that implies that anyone that enters a coffee shop can see the culture underneath, much like as if that particular coffee shop was the mirror of the city of Lisbon at that time.

Nacional Academy of Fine Arts, Lisboa, PT.

Depois do ouro, do incenso e da mirra… A primeira Ceia

Depois do ouro, do incenso e da mirra... A primeira Ceia

2009-2010
Project Room: mixed media installations, video and drawing.
Co-autoria: Inês Moura

Depois do ouro, do incenso e da mirra… A Primeira Ceia was a Project Room co-authored with Inês Moura, with a duration of a month that culminated in a day of presentation of several works. It consisted of a series of projects that were based on installation, video, drawing and performance, areas of interest and research of both authors that proposed work in unconventional.

Loja 6 do Chiado Plaza, Lisboa, PT

Movimentos em pausa

Movimentos em pausa

2009
Site specific installation
Video (transcripted super 8, colour, no sound, 15′ looped)

Loja 6 do Chiado Plaza, Lisboa, PT

Alice no Mundo de anastácio

Alice no Mundo de Anastácio

2009

Installation:
Copper plating (printing arrays), acrylic and steel, engraving on paper and acrylic sheet.

Printing:
Mixed technique (photolithography, etching, mezzotinta on paper; silk screen printing, on acrylic sheet)

Casa-Museu Anastácio Gonçalves, Lisboa, Portugal, 2009.
Centro de Cultura Contemporânea da Universidade de Granada, Espanha, 2010.

Resquícios de desenho

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Resquícios de Desenho

2007
Mixed media installation
Video, 4’49” (loop), no sound.

Remnants of Drawing is a video projection that was aimed at a corner of a room. Throughout the projection, we can see a hand drawing the surrounding space and a character that enters the screen. This work is based on architectural and geometric definition of space, as a place of constant spatial transformations generated by the body. The hand constructs the space as if it were a sculpture, leaving, through drawing, a trace not only as a remnant of an absence but also a virtual presence.
Accentuated by the ephemerality of projection, the image also alludes to a certain invisibility of work effort and to an absence of conventional technologies of sculpture, resulting in a symbiosis of these artistic practices, drawing, architecture, sculpture and video.

Escrita em espelho

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Escrita em Espelho

2007
Video-Installation, Mini-DV, colour, mute, 1’ 25’’, loop.

In the video two hands are writing simultaneously in an unsuccessful symmetry, a proposition that repeats the same subject. The writer is notably right-handed and the left hand writes with increased difficulty, creating an unreadable handwriting.
This mirror writing alludes to the idea of a self representation confronted with its double, or mirrored image, as something that is part of us physically and/or intellectually, but that is not active, is negative, or asleep, or undecipherable.
The sentence means the unspeakable and is an attempt to formulate a thought, that is no longer a thought, it attempts to overcome itself, annihilating its meaning in that attempt.

FIL Pavillion, Lisboa, Portugal, 2007.
XIV Edition of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Skopje, Macedonia, 2009.

A linha que está aqui
agora está ali
para que ali fique
a linha
que estava lá.

The line which is here
is now there
in order to remain there
The line that was once here.

Desenhar o espaço

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Desenhar o Espaço

2007
Video-installation,  1’ 50’’

This installation presents a real space in confrontation with a representation space. It questions the virtuality of representation by problematizing the perception of two different times in the same space, but also two spaces that coexist at the same time.

In the space of the installation the drawing is the action that conveys the connection with the real world through the intersubjective field of perception. The hand starts by drawing the boundaries of the projection and the edges of the real space, but then encounters a corner that doesn’t belong to the physical space of the now, mas it belongs to the physical space of another time.

FIL Pavillion, Lisboa, Portugal, 2007.
XIV Edition of the Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Skopje, Macedonia, 2009.