Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Aesthetics of Silence

A remark on retrospective as a discussion on the history of ideas.

2009 Oct 22 Sowieso, Berlin

The Aesthetics of Silence was first presented on one of the most interesting avant-garde places for the newcomer Neucoln, in Berlin. On the opening the ambience was quite familiar, on one of those Berlin rainy nights and the sound of Kalimba through electronic metamorphose instead of opening word arrangements.

Tokyo Eye

The approach to pornography has seen important changes in the latest years. These changes reflect new perspectives on sexuality and

pleasure in general. Most taboos fell like the Berlin wall leaving one in the anxiety state of taking part.

The work presented takes us deep to the fetishes that are enclosured in naïve desires. Recall us to Lolita of Nabokov reminding us about the playful child we let go once and a while. Rediscovers this child as a sexual being that aims the excitement of masturbation and penetration, turning the usage of sex toys out of the thought of perversion.

Influenced by the nu rave lifestyle and Tokyo new age, we present toys together with sex toys inviting you to the childish approach to the experiment. The experiment of the body. The experiment of fantasies like games and challenges.

Berlin Porn Fim Festival [22 to 25 of October 2009]

The idea for this particular exhibition and installation to be set up in Moviemento: The installation takes place in the toilet, where the photos are exhibited, and regards an installation of toys and sex toys that revive the photography exhibited (see more photos).

Café Evropa @ Ljubljana

Kavarna Bi-Ko-Fe 15Oct09 - 12Nov09 ! Kafetarija Lan 16Oct09 - 30Nov09 ! Galerija Tukatmunga 17Oct09 - 01Nov09

According to George Steiner, the idea of Europe might be built having the Café as the background… a Café where a chat begins or a novel ends… a Café where you can plan a murder or fall in love… or a Café where one simply drinks coffee or reads newspapers. According to Steiner’s idea, if you would mark in a world map all the places that regard this idea of Café, you would get the map of Europe.

Taking place between the 14th and the 22nd of August, 2006, AEGEE Lisboa directed by myself, Pedro Vieira and others, brought 25 European students brought new perspectives on the European context. Inspired by this early project, the artist used photography as the artistic way of expressing his ideas. This photography project intends to describe the coffee table atmospheres of discussion and creativity, stating this space as an important figure on our common culture.

Café Evropa was for the first time presented in Sarajevo in February 2009 for the XXV Jubilee International Festival - Sarajevska Zima. The city of Sarajevo, with such an interesting “coffee life” atmosphere, was the first step in this new phase of presenting the um_bigo project. Later it is presented in October 2009 in 3 different sites simultaneously, in the city of Ljubljana. From here goes to Lisbon in December and will have it's last presentation in Istanbul in 2010 integrated on the events related with the European Capital of Culture. (read more here)