Kunsthalle São Paulo, SP, Brazil
Passivity Line | 03.07 – 01.08.2015
Curated by: Marina Coelho
KUNSTHALLE São Paulo invites the architect Bruno de Almeida to present, in the Vitrine, the site-specific installation «Passivity Line», the first work from the series «Estruturas Supra-individuais» (Supra-individual Structures), with which he scrutinizes the mechanisms of control and subjugation that subliminally influence individuals.
«Estruturas Supra-individuais» approaches, on one hand, the ruled and repetitive structures that are imposed on us by society, and on the other, the architectural devices that are designed to induce certain behaviors. Both types of mechanisms, investigated by this series of works, play a physical and cognitive impact on the subject, gradually making his behavior linear, predictable and complacent.
«Passivity Line» is an installation that reflects on the control performed by the immense amount of cameras filming us daily. A television monitor, placed in the center of the main window, shows, on each day, a new video generated by the security camera from Bruno de Almeida’s workplace. Displaying his work routine throughout the entire exhibition period. This gives a temporal development to the installation, which is only noticeable to those who pass by the window on a daily basis. The images have the same static framing, which causes a false sense of repetition. The discovery of the subtle differences between the videos highlights the very repetitive nature of the routine of who repeatedly pass by this location.
On the other hand, this repetition of passer’s course is emphasized by the recording of their movements, which are played with a slight delay on a second monitor – placed on the other end of the facade of the KUNSTHALLE São Paulo – allowing the subject to see himself in an earlier instant.
What unites the two windows is a painted black strip on the facade, which refers to the architectural element created in Britain, customarily used in interrogation rooms. In these rooms, a line named «Passivity Line», which gives the title to the exhibition, divides the walls in two colors – with the darker tone in the lower part – which subliminally induces the interrogated to remain below it, keeping them passive and sitting down.
Photos: Vitor Coelho Nisida
Technical Assistance: Luciana e Sérgio Bonilha | Maria Antônia Balbo