I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...
The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...
The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...
Nelson Soares and Marcos Moreira, the Minas Gerais-based duo O Grivo, explore the relationship between machines and unpredictability. Their solo exhibition at Galeria Nara Roesler subverts the precision of modern technology through analogue processes and interventions.
Axes, pulleys, drive belts and lines operate a complex system through which O Grivo perform. "The use of randomness in association with musical parameters and sounds causes repetition to reinvent itself with each new moment, morphing into oft-unpredictable textures," Moreira notes.
O Grivo talk about music, labour and the importance of doing nothing.
With its high-spirited, seemingly precarious gadgets, O Grivo belongs in the select group of Brazilian audiovisual artists, such as the Chelpa Ferro collective or Paulo Nenflidio, who are well inserted into the context of the visual arts, and whose works include the use of unexpected apparatuses. Unlike the others, however, and partly due to the musical background of its members, the art of O Grivo prioritizes sonority: even though visual effect is far from casual, image is a consequence of the musical dimension. The sound routes they create, in the words of the duo, 'give rise to a new way of hearing, and a new way of seeing sound-generating mechanisms.'
Formed in 1990, the collective first became known for the musical productions they made for other artists, such as Cao Guimarães, Lucas Bambozzi, Rivane Neuenschwander, and Valeska Soares, among others. The strong visual appeal of their installations, however, caused the duo to be recognised for the visual quality of their works, and not only the sound quality, especially after the show _Antarctica Artes com a Folha, _1996.
Nelson Soares and Marcos Moreira comprise O Grivo. They were born in Belo Horizonte, where they live and work. They featured in the 28th Bienal de São Paulo (2008) and in the 8th Mercosul Biennial, in Porto Alegre (2008), both in Brazil. Their main works (mostly concerts and installations) and shows include: Estación Experimental, at Universidad Laboral in Gijón, Spain, 2012; O Grivo, at Galeria Nara Roesler in São Paulo, 2010, and at the Museu de Arte da Pampulha, in Belo Horizonte, 2009, both in Brazil; and It's Raining Out There, at the South London Gallery, United Kingdom, 2008.
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