A lightness in the air

The writer Italo Calvino believed that knowledge was in literature. On his book “‪Six Memos for the Next Millennium‬” he wrote beautifully about the values that he believed to be important to transmit to the generation of the year 2000.

Lightness, quickness, exactitude, visibility, multiplicity and consistency. The first of these values resulted on the exhibition “Havia um ar de leveza” (There was an air of lightness in portuguese), with Suzzana Magalhães as curator.

I invited Joana Zimmermann to partner with me. We created a piece called “Play me, I’m yours” that makes it clear to be interactive. The spectators are transformed into participants, sitting on the swing and giving life to the piece. When you move, the movement also gives balance to the other swing on the side, where is Minos, our guardian.

On the video below you can see how fun it is to interact with it!

Who sits and starts to swing, immediately realizes that its inserted in a kind of a fabled scene, with cellophane clouds above their heads, a tribute to Perseu and also to Brasília, the city where the exhibition is taking place! 🙂

We are proposing the physical lightness, the subtraction of the weight, that needs movement to exist.

The exhibition is free and its open to the public on the Cultural Center of the Aliance Française at Brasília (Brazil) until the 3rd of August.

If you manage to go, take a picture with Minos and send to us please! 😀

Yayoi Kusama: last days of exhibition in London

Hallucination: that’s what Yayoi Kusama’s work is all about. The best-know living artist from Japan who influenced people like Andy Warhol, made me and my friends get more and more interested in her as we were entering the rooms and her universe that is so unique and somewhat very bizarre.

It’s a must visit if you’re in London right now. You’ll experience and feel things that goes from uncomforted dizziness to complete amazedness.

I’ll never forget the “Infinited Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life” where you enter in a room of mirrors and its filled with these very small lamps that shines with different colors at different timing and makes you feel like you’re in an infinite world, that you can walk and look at yourself for your whole life never arriving at the end of anything. There’s a video where you can see what I’m talking about:

The exhibition is at Tate until the 5th of June. Run! 😀

The pictures where taken by Thais Caramico and Roberto Almeida.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deborah is known in Brazil as Tartaruga Feliz (Happy Turtle). She’s a self-taught illustrator and animator who is born in Brazil. She travels the world while working, and attributes it to the best experience she has had in her life so far. You can see more of her work on her website, and she just launched a new website, Garatujas Fantásticas with 3 of her friends that has exclusive content for kids in Brazil!

David Shrigley: Brain Activity

David Shrigley makes everyone laugh, point and talk about his work all the time! I never visited an exhibition that touched and created joy in everyone, with all types of backgrounds, from kids to art critics.

There was this part of the exhibition that you could see a lot of very small sculptures of these characters that he created and then, right before them you could read: “Do not trespass or alarm will be activated”. Of course, some of the visitors trespassed – and the alarm rang!

On the side, some visitors were getting stuck, not finding the next room. The wall had a hole and everyone was supposed to be passing there.

I found this trailer below made by the southbank centre with an interview with David Shrigley:

And the pictures I found here and here (they didn’t allow me to take pictures).

Visiting the exhibition of one my favorite artists right in between two trips? It wasn’t luck, I think this time was fate! 😀 I happened to bump into a wall covered with his drawings on the day I went to see Cindy Sherman’s exhibition two months ago!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deborah is known in Brazil as Tartaruga Feliz (Happy Turtle). She’s a self-taught illustrator and animator who is born in Brazil. She travels the world while working, and attributes it to the best experience she has had in her life so far. You can see more of her work on her website, and she just launched a new website, Garatujas Fantásticas with 3 of her friends that has exclusive content for kids in Brazil!

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