LEANDRO CARDOSO & CAETANO CARVALHO: WORKSHOP GIF ALCHEMY
— 21 June 2012
Location: IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture
To conclude their residency, Caetano and Leandro will present a three-day workshop on 19, 20 and 21 June continuing to explore the idea of a digital archaeology.
At the first edition of Cult Fest from 8-10 June, Caetano Carvalho and Leandro Cardoso presented the GIF Cave: an installation in the wharf cellar of Oudegracht 183 (Utrecht) with GIF-projections, 3D printed objects and musical performances and lectures.
In the workshop, they now invite young artists and scientist to further examine how animated GIFs can be considered archaeological and cultural artifacts of sorts. They will show examples of contemporary art practices that incorporate technological media in a performance-like and even ritualistic dimension in which conceptions of nature, culture and technology all play a part. The workshop will also include a series of practical exercises based on objects built for our installation the ‘GIF Cave’.
“My legs bite, I found our cave! There’s a gypsum fossil in there and an animated gif that has been looping for 7,000,000,000 years. Even though no carbon 14 determination was possible. Contrary to what people think, humans evolved in the steppe and its caves while the ape evolved in the forest. Every prophet with their own cave: Plato, Zarathustra, Waly Dada Salomão, Mike Kelley… and us. Mankind developed its constructivist impetus in the cave. The gif cave is not only a classical philosophical trope but also the human cradle. It is there that we find the most ancient inscriptions. Whilst the gypsum 3D print dries THE HUMAN WAS MADE OUT OF CLAY WAS MADE”
JOIN IN AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ‘GHOST OF TRUTH’ AND THE AUTONOMOUS TAKE OF CAETANO AND LEANDRO ON THE RELATIONS BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY, NATURE AND CULTURE.
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. He 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.