Ricardo Basbaum: "me-you: choreographies, games and exercises", 1999-2017

Video Program XIV presents series by Ricardo Basbaum

The Video Program, conceived by Galeria Jaqueline Martins’ team in collaboration with curator Mirtes Marins de Oliveira, aims to present different works (or their fragments) in a dialogical relationship, highlighting similarities that might serve to reflect on contemporary life. The fourteenth edition presents Ricardo Basbaum (1961) with the video series me-you: choreographies, games and exercises (1999-2017) articulated to the texts How to Make a Happening (1966), by Allan Kaprow (1927-2006) ), and Art as an Experience (1932), by John Dewey (1859-1952). The series features eleven videos completed between 1999 and 2017.

You can check out bellow an excerpt from Basbaum’s text “Diferenças entre nós e eles” [Differences between us and them], from October 2003, also featured in the folder for the 2011 solo show at the Pampulha Art Museum, “conjs.,re-bancos*: exercícios&conversas”. In the text, shared by Galeria Jaqueline Martins, the artist talks about the video series:

me-you: choreographies, games and exercises is a project in which I invite groups to put on shirts with the pronouns ‘eu’ (me) and ‘você’ (you) printed on them. It’s a piece about group dynamics which I always refer to as ‘person-specific’ or ‘group-specific.’ Results are different each time, depending on who is participating and the groups that are formed during our time together (which can vary from a day to two weeks). Results are arranged into two different directions: one is the register established regarding the memory of the body, accessible only to those who shared the intensity of the experience, and this is not amenable to documentation; the other, its opposite, is constituted of images and videos created during the actions. These images do not purport to represent the reality of the action, and therefore they enable fiction and narrative through video editing and photograph reframing – in other words, the intention is to veer away from ‘pure’ documentation and to be able to toy with the images freely, in keeping with exhibition purposes that incorporate the project’s core concepts. Therefore, each proposed instance of choreographies, games and exercises me-you ultimately yields two experiences: one for the participants and one for the audience. Both are designed to be intensive”.

As explained by the gallery, “Basbaum stresses the propositional role and the experimental character of the activities which elicit sensorial and conceptual experiences from participants (himself included) towards a transformative subjectivity”.

Click here to watch the videos from the series.

Click here to read Video Program XIV’s full text (scroll down for the English version).

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