Paulo Vivacqua

Vitoria, ES, 1971.
Lives and works in Rio de Janeiro, RJ.

PIPA 2011 and 2012 nominee.

Video made by Matrioska Filmes exclusively for PIPA 2011.

About the artist

The work results from a blend of languages, from sound and visual arts; my education being in music, piano, composition, including electroacoustic. The early works search for that hybrid territory between sound/time and the space physical/location; Paisagens Subterrâneas (2000) [Eventos Acarte 2000, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa] and Mobile (2000) [Ateliê Finep, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro] expose such transference of creative processes and procedures, applied to the
musical composition and music presentations, to a new context of interaction and contemplation involving people and work.

The installations Sound Field (2002) [Sound in the Landscape, The Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent, New York], Escape (2003) [Zagreb Bank, 22º Music Biennale Zagreb, Zagreb, Croácia], Residuu (2005) [Paço dos Açoreanos, 5a Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil] and Sentinelas (2004, 2008) [Treble, Sculpture Center, New York, 2004. Palácio Gustavo Capanema, Rio de Janeiro - Prêmio Arte e Patrimônio, 2008], are works that intrinsically relate with the surrounding space and architecture.
Through visual and sound devices, strategically located in the space, they indicate invisible paths in an empty space, where sounds developing along space and time, suggest imagined discourses, as in an open composition, of multiple entries and exits, in association with the complexity of the layers of sound. Encompassing realms where the device (loudspeakers, gadgets) and its vicinity, subject and work, complement each other or merge.

The sculptures and objects in general work in the crossing between the physicality of the materials and devices employed (glass, plastics, cold light, loudspeakers, electronic devices, granite, metal, mirrors….), their plastic and visual forms, and sounds and silences, or simply the idea of some sound, determined or not. A sound leads to a thought or inner recollection that, in turn, evokes an atmosphere.

Lately, I have been deepening this inter dependency among the plastic, acoustic and linguistic domains. Recently some of these works  such works display the elements functionally
associated with the production of sound, loudspeakers, wires, acoustic materials, completely “de- functionalized”, acting just as a mental device to induce the imagination of a sound or the simple expectation of something that would sound or even talk [Palavras Cruzadas. Iphan70/Prêmio Arte e Patrimônio, Paço Imperial, 2008 and kms5n6j6jw6EHkuhuf7ytgEQg4jk46a45h, Galeria Laura Marsiaj, Rio, 2011]

Solo Exhibitions

kms5n6j6jw6EHkuhuf7ytgEQg4jk46a45h, Galeria Laura Marsiaj, Rio, Brazil
Ectoplasma, Galeria Moro, Santiago, Chile
V(ar)iações, Galeria Artur Fidalgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Palavras Cruzadas (Crosswords), Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Galeria Murilo Castro, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Sentinelas, Prêmio Arte e Patrimônio, Palácio Capanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Galeria Matias Brotas, Vitória, Brazil
Visita, Projeto Respiração – Fundação Eva Klabin, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nympheas, Galeria Artur Fidalgo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
O Feitiço, Galeria de Arte do IBEU, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Legend of The Lake, Art in General, New York, USA
Instalasônica, Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Escape, El Museo del Barrio, New York, USA
Mobile, Ateliê Finep, Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Group Exhibitions

Novas Aquisições Gilberto Chateaubriand, MAM, Rio, Brazil
Porto de Aproximação, A Céu Aberto, Casa França Brasil, Rio, Brazil
63º Salão Paranaense, MAC – Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil
Nova Arte Nova, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), São Paulo
The Warsaw Experience 01, Lokal Gallery_30, Warsaw, Poland
Anêmona, N-Múltiplos, Galeria Murilo Castro, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Nova Arte Nova, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Rio de Janeiro
Alga, Arquivo Geral, Centro Cultural da Justiça Eleitoral, Rio de Janeiro
Anjo, Poética da Percepção, MAM, Rio de Janeiro
lug(AR), Museu Vale do Rio Doce, Vitória, Brazil
Deserto, Arte e Música, Conjunto Cultural da Caixa (CCC), Brasília, Brazil
Real Imaginário, Museu como Lugar, Museu Imperial, Petrópolis, Brazil
Deserto, Futuro do Presente, Itaúcultural, São Paulo, Brazil
Deserto, Equatorial Rhythms, Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway
Nympheas, Geração da Virada, Instituto Tomie Ohtake, São Paulo
Deserto, Câmaras de Luz, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro
No Fear, Contra Golpe, Instituto Divorciados, Berlim
Stereo Desert, Open Studio Project, The Townhouse Gallery, Cairo
Sala de Estar, Prêmio Projéteis Funarte, Funarte, Rio de Janeiro
Residuu, 5ª Bienal do Mercosul, Porto Alegre, Brazil
International Biennale of Contemporary Art 2005, National Gallery, Prague
A Lenda do Lago 2.1, Arte Brasileira Hoje, MAM, Rio de Janeiro
Sentinels, “Treble”, Sculpture Center, New York
Iron Works, The Brewster Project, Brewster, NY
Escape, Zagreb Bank, 22º Music Biennale Zagreb, Croacia
Radio Polyphony, The Thing / Diapason Gallery, New York
Sound Field, “Sound in the Landscape”, The Fields Sculpture Park, Ghent, NY
Paisagens Subterrâneas, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, Portugal

Sound projects / Shows / Radio

RADIO INCORPOREA – Vivacqua/Marulanda, Art in General, NYC
Rio Sound and Art Projects, Live Constructions, WKCR FM, NYC
Contra Bossa – BBC – The World Today Sound Art, London, UK
Debussy Bach Restaurant, “Isto é Música (?/!)”, CCBB, Rio de Janeiro

Scholarships / Residencies / Awards

Prêmio Arte e Patrimônio – Iphan 70 anos
Open Studio Project, Cairo, Egypt
Prêmio Projéteis Funarte
Bolsa Virtuose – MINC – Brazil


Gilberto Chateaubriand
Fundação Vera Chaves Barcelos

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