During their residency at Impakt, Caetano Carvalho & Leandro Nerefuh are working with the idea of a digital archaeology and how animated GIFs can be considered a sort of archaeological and cultural artifact. The artists incorporate technological media in a performative and even ritualistic dimension in which conceptions of nature, culture, and technology are in play.
Their residency entails the presentation at CVLT FEST from 8-10 June, of the installation ‘GIF Cave’ – a hermetic cave-like environment composed of multiple artifacts and projected animated images (GIFs). Based on the classical use of the ‘cave’ as a philosophical trope (in Plato, Nietzsche, Waly Salomão, Mike Kelley), the GIF Cave will have an allegorical and ritualistic purpose for those inside it. In the GIF Cave, we will abandon the ghost of ‘truth’ and dance to the rebirth of the Croatan.
To conclude their residency, in a three-day workshop on 19, 20 and 21 June, Caetano and Leandro will introduce the idea of a digital archaeology and discuss how animated GIFs can be considered a sort of archaeological and cultural artifact. We will show examples of contemporary art practices that incorporate technological media in a performative and even ritualistic dimension in which conceptions of nature, culture and technology are in play. The workshop will also include a series of practical exercises based on objects built for our installation the ‘GIF Cave’.
Leandro Cardoso Nerefuh (1975) lives and works in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Graduated in Fine Art and History of Art with a Master of Research in Humanities and Culture (University of London), Leandro works with formal translations of historical material in a three-fold register: text, event and monument. He has recently presented projects at – amongst others – Festival Sesc VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; CCCB, Barcelona; CCSP, Sao Paulo. In 2008, Leandro was a fellow researcher in the Independent Study Program at MACBA, Barcelona. In 2010, he has won the Award for Exhibition Abroad by the Sao Paulo Biennial Foundation. He is also the founder of PPUB, a political party active in Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. www.nerefuh.com.br
Caetano Carvalho (1980), lives and works in Amsterdam
Caetano Carvalho has graduated in Audio Visual (Gerrit Rietveld Academie) and Computer Science (Brazil). His works meet at in the intersection of design, performance, sound and technology. Since 2011 he has been working on the Island Trilogy, which has been shown at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2011) and W139 in Amstedam(2012), and MEXICO Project Space in Leeds Uk (2012). In 2009, Caetano collaborated with The Pirate Bay at the Internet Pavillion – Venice Biennial, and developed a project with bittorrent data visualization at MediaPrado (Madrid). He has also collaborated in interactive projects for bands such as Placebo, and for institutions as the Banff Institute, Canada (2010). Caetano performed live at STEIM (2012), DNK and Night of The Unexpected, Paradiso in Amsterdam (2010), and FILE Festival, Sao Paolo (2006). In 2011 he started touring with Luc Van Weelden as the DIY improvisational duo MNTN DEW, exploring rhythm deconstruction and sound textures.
Leandro Cardoso’s residency was made possible with the support of: