Sol Prado

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“Algunas notas a propósito de los intentos de la izquierda cultural de crear zonas temporales autónomas no productivistas. (Z.T.A.P.)

Intuyo que no basta con cambiar algunas circunstancias, estructuras, paisajes, ni apelar a voluntarismos mágicos.

El neoliberalismo se ha encarnado en nuestros cuerpos, en nuestro inconsciente, en nuestros modos de vida.

Se nos ha vuelto deseable y ha teñido, incluso, las prácticas disidentes. 

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Dejar de desearlo es un desafío más que complejo, que resuena como una buena pancarta, pero la receta para ejecutarlo se escapa entre los dedos.

“Dejar de desearlo” parece más un imperativo evangelista para dejar de tener sexo que un lei motiv de lobas emancipadas.

Quizá, la cuestión es desear alguna otra cosa o tener otros horizontes a la altura de los ojos.

El mercado del arte parece haberse sumido en una práctica cada día más zombie y precaria, donde lo queer y lo trans son nuevos nichos mercado, al igual que reduce a la disidencia en capital simbólico a acumular, como un ábaco de madera donde sumar puntos de visibilidad.

Cierto discurso del odio, grinchy, se ha vuelto moneda común en la política de acumular valor vía uso estratégico de la diferencia, donde la lucha política se roza con la idea de una identidad inmutable, cuasi purista, y le menea la cadera al pre-fascismo.

Sin producción no hay dinero, según la lógica del capital en la cual estamos inmersas.

Un tiempo de no productividad (es decir sin producción de dinero en la lógica del valor de mercado) y exploración de un sitio específico, deviene un tiempo de privilegio.

Sin embargo, estos espacios temporales autónomos no suelen ausentarse de la lógica de competencia friendly que se sostiene a base de recursos económicos transatlánticos difusos (R.E.T.D.).

Llegar a un sitio desconocido pareciera componer esa utopía idealizante de igualarnos por medio de la ignorancia compartida sobre el lugar a explorar.

Como si esto nos pusiera en igualdad de condiciones para llegar al supuesto

no-objetivo del tiempo no-productivista.

Una conjunción de no-esto y no-lo otro, una conjunción inverosímil, donde reina en la confusión quién más exótica es, deviniendo quién más hashtagueada es.

Un gran hermano capacitista de recursos sociales, risas, buen nivel inglés y opiniones sobre todo tipo, clase, temática que la conversación entre burbujas de cerveza solicite.” 

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Gil & Moti

(1968 & 1971) They work together exclusively since 1998, are known for their unique social artistic engagement in art and for working strategically in multiple disciplines. They switch effortlessly between classical and contemporary artistic mediums of expression from photography, painting, video, performance, and installation art. Their artistry is on-going exploration of identity, the notion of individuality, and related social norms and forms. Via small-scale social interventions, they address important socio-political issues, such as discrimination, social exclusion and racism. As artists, a gay couple, immigrants based in Rotterdam (NL) and Jewish born (ex)Israelis, they have direct experience of such issues within their own personal lives. Gil & Moti are the winners of MK Award 2015, Dutch prize for visual art. In the recent years they had solo exhibitions among others at: the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam), Lentos Kunstmuseum (Linz), Nikolaj Kunsthal (Copenhagen), Stavanger Museum of Fine Arts (Norway), Petach Tikva Museum of Art (Israel) and Tensta Konshall (Sweden).

Gil & Moti residency at Capacete in 2017 is part of the Dutch Mondriaan Foundation, International Artist in Residency Program Grant.


Gian Spina

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Gian Spina was born in São Paulo (Brazil) and lived, studied and worked besides others in San Diego (USA), Vancouver (Canada), Bordeaux (France), Berlin and Frankfurt (Germany).

Today he writes, periodically to the to the World Policy Institute and Arts Everywhere. As well as a guest professor at the Art Academy of Palestine, in 2017 take part at art residence program organized by the Dokumenta 14.

“Fabiana, Jarí, Raul, Gris, Jota, Rodrigo, Sol, Michelle, Nikos, Vasiliki, Helmut e Eliana mudaram a minha vida:

e deixei pra trás uma série de seres que fui.

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vivi a luz do sol e a raiva de michelle, virei pasta e vergonha e vontade de sumir
jota me deu um novo e um soco de leve seguido de afago ou semente.
era para não ter ido por causa do amor
não sabia que o jarí existia, perto de omonia eu chorei com ele e vi que incomodava o mundo
fiz yoga, vomitei, caí de bicicleta e pensei
em desistência disfarçada de compromisso.
pra que isso ?
a fumaça que entrava dentro do quarto do segundo andar e eu na cama com a fabiana enquanto evitávamos falar de dor e amor.
as aproximadas trezentas e quarenta e sete músicas que ela sabia de cor e cantava dia sim dia não. instituição otta, lembrava a namorada da minha ex.
que força; esqueço todas as palavras quando penso no que foi ela,
o que me fez ela. não sabia que existia.
cinco dias por semana e depois mais dois foi gris e calma, agora gostaria de estar com ela rindo.
o fazer nada, a calma no corpo, esse marasmo infantil e quase anacrônico.
vontade de não largar nada disso nunca, parar aqui agora, segura esse espaço e deixa o sono de lado,
me corte para lembrar que vi e viví e voltei.
havia o heroi, que me fez amor, chorei de novo, talvez a última do ano,
tentei matar o homem em mim e não deu
vaso, vaso e vasilika abarca novamente e me abraça
o chão não é o mais mesmo, nem as varandas, hot, pedia mais amor e carne, para ir e voltar.
enquanto eu caía, sistematicamente por vinte minutos com o rodrigo eu caía, e pedia, logo após
um pouco mais.”

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Eliana Otta

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Eliana Otta es una artista multidisciplinaria. A través del dibujo, escritura, video, instalaciones y proyectos participativos, ella asocia detalles simples de la vida cotidiana que pueden hablar de procesos complejos en contextos específicos, indagando cómo las subjetividades dan forma al espacio público al relacionar lo personal con lo político, así como recuerdos individuales y compartidos a preguntas sobre el presente y nuestros posibles deseos colectivos para el futuro. La desigualdad económica, el trabajo precario, la violencia de género y nuestra relación con la naturaleza en los sistemas extractivistas neoliberales son algunos de sus principales temas de interés.

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 “Creo que vinimos a Atenas personas que coincidimos en estar en un momento de nuestras vidas en que no tenemos muy claro dónde ni cómo vivirlas. Aquí hemos pensado al respecto, pues al cuestionar lo macro y lo micro, nos hemos mirado con atención. Compartimos certezas sobre lo que no queremos, ciertas intuiciones sobre lo que deseamos y algunas palabras comunes para verbalizarlo. Compartimos más claramente el lenguaje del baile, el del beso y del abrazo, el de la comida entre risas y el brindis polígloto.

Un día le dije a Helmut que me parecía que lo que más teníamos en común los seleccionados para esta experiencia era la ternura. Afinando la idea, quizá es que cada uno está buscando cómo defender las vulnerabilidades y la intensidad de los afectos en los contextos tan violentos, agresivos e injustos en los que nos movemos, buscando otros lugares a donde pertenecer o cómo hacer que aquellos a los que pertenecemos nos permitan ser. Luego de este año, una nueva certeza es que ahora tengo más cómplices para continuar con ese intento.”

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Anna Bak

Anna Bak is a visual artist and curator/organizer. She works in different medias, primarily with installation. She took her Master in Fine Arts from The Funen Arts Academy in Denmark, with an supplementing exchange year with a Fulbright Scholarship, at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, USA.


Sojin Chun

Chun’s practice includes creating works in video and installation.  Using a whimsical and humorous approach, her work explores local narratives to examine the intersections and contradictions found in cultural, social and personal identities as a result of geographic relocation, and cultural multiplicity.  Chun’s personal experience living in the Korean diaspora in Bolivia, and Canada, informs her work which reveals the idiosyncrasies found in culture, in its inconclusive and contradictory nature.

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“The first edition of Archives of Resistance took place at Capacete in November 2016.  This project is multi faceted and aims to create an open dialogue between communities across the Americas facing various socio-political struggles as a result of historic processes of colonization that still dictates today’s global economic realities.

Through contemporary art, invited artists shared their work informed by personal research and collected images, news items, and raw materials, which expand beyond traditional notions of archives and institutionalized documents that are categorized by hegemonic political powers.  At Capacete, we brought together artists from Chile, Costa Rica, Argentina, Canada, and Brazil in dialogue by sharing their individual projects looking at the ways in which artists subvert or give new meanings to the colonial construction of history.  Through personal or historical imagery, artists told  alternate histories from the perspective of those that are often unaccounted for in mainstream versions of history.

This first event Arquivos de Resistencia took the form of a week-long residency for invited artists, a video screening of their works as well as artist talks and group dynamic activities.  The group was further expanded through the participation of representatives from an activist group from the community of Horto whom invited the group for a tour of this community facing eviction and rapid gentrification of bicentenial residents, workers of the city’s Botanical Gardens.

Participating artists in this project were: Marton Robinson (Costa Rica) who gave an in-depth historical context of Limon, Costa Rica in line with the narrative of Jamaican-descendents who were brought to Costa Rica as labourers and the rise of Marcus Garvey’s activism; Araya-Carrion, a Chilean collective that works with material archives to demonstrate the layers within the history of Colonization of Indigenous populations in the south of Chile; Cecilia Estalles, a queer Argentian artist who has been digitizing the first Trans archives collecting stories of Trans women who faced police brutality in the 1980s; and Canadian artist Joyce Wieland’s work that showed solidarity for left leaning artists and political activists.  These artists were brought together by Capacete resident artist soJin Chun.  Other residents that collaborated in this project were, Kadija de Paula, Ian Erickson-Kery, and Soledad Leon.

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Tali Serruya

Trained  at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art in the city of Paris and at the Geneva School of Art and Design, I thwart the codes of classical dramaturgy to create performative forms that question the plasticity of performance .

Currently is doing a two year residency (2017-2019) at Hangar in Barcelona (SP) https://hangar.org .Also is working for the Centre Dramatique National de Besançon, Université de Franche-Comté and at La Comédie de Reims.

 


Daniela Mattos

Artist, educator and curator, currently teaching at UFRJ.

“O Capacete tem sido um espaço fundamental de produção artística, encontros e pesquisas no Rio de Janeiro, atuando de forma independente e também em parceria com instituições locais. Tive a chance e a felicidade de participar e colaborar com atividades do Capa em diferentes projetos e momentos, listo aqui alguns deles: como integrante do grupo Máquina de Escrever (RJ), como propositora do workshop O artista como curador (RJ), como artista convidada do evento Feminismo e Feijoada (RJ) e como integrante do grupo Máquina de Escrever (SP) que culminou com a publicação Livro para Responder. Além disso, assisti a inúmeras palestras, tive encontros, conversas, celebrações e também fiz amigas e amigos entre os artistas, curadores e pesquisadores residentes que participaram desses 20 anos de atuação. Espero que essa iniciativa se mantenha viva e atuante, oxigenando as estruturas formais e não-formais do circuito de arte carioca, brasileiro e internacional.”

 


Felix Luna

“La forma en que viví, cambió después de Río de Janeiro. Las dos historias que a continuación presento, quizá como un boceto, hecho inicialmente desde la perspectiva ‘racional’ de un caso de estudio o trabajo de campo, se tornaron al paso de unos meses, en mi forma de habitar y en mi hogar.

A Río de Janeiro, llegué para estudiar su fotografía primitiva llegada de Europa. Me interesaba el trayecto de la plata que de allí se extrajo y que en Francia se procesó en los primeros daguerrotipos. Llegando al lugar, conocí al artista Jorge Emmanuel de Souza quien me cedió una propiedad encontrada en un abandonado litigio y estado, la cual se volvió mi hogar por poco más de un año. El parque al que bajaba a correr en las mañanas, no dejaba de intrigarme, el cual, revisando su Historia, terminó conformando aquí la primera parte del presente trabajo. La segunda, se trata de las huellas que seguí en la casa abandonada, donde habité primeramente solo y después, con varios amigos que le dieran función y uso a aquel espacio. Tales huellas, como se verá a continuación, saltan por diversos intentos de reconstruir ese lugar y bosquejos de proyectos personales, a distintos tiempos, con la mira de señalar una “continuidad”. 

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El interés de reunir estas partes, para provocar cruces entre ellas, y situar éstas, como perspectivas encontradas (la geográfica, histórica, cartográfica-cenital o bien la artística, la subjetiva y la autobiográfica) está en obtener una narrativa que no permanezca “fija” en lo aquí presentado, sino que se rehaga interpretativamente, no sólo en la lectura cruzada (que verá necesaria en estos dos proyectos presentados como “columnas”), también en la forma en que éstas se acercan, en partes como similitudes, contrastes, paralelismos, inicios y fines recurrentes entre ambas. Es desde el acercamiento de Historias y memorias dichas, que apelo al silencio y a la vez a lo relacional, al diálogo, a la posibilidad e imaginación.

Amable lector, puede usted acceder a la fuente de este documento en proceso (también como proceso de intercambio) dirigiéndose a la cuenta de ffelixluna@gmail.com y en el siguiente link https://goo.gl/Ww2pyi donde puede modificar este documento, en cualquiera de sus partes.

Indispensable fue y sigue siendo el apoyo y colaboración de Laure Rocher Luna, Jorge Emmanuel de Souza, Pedro Flores, Manu Flores, Joao de Souza e Silva, Tetsuya Maruyama, Oliver Bulas, Roosivelt Pinheiro, Tanja Baudoin, Joen Vedel, Andrew de Freitas y por supuesto los compañeros Héctor Juárez y Paola Sánchez, todos los residentes de Capacete, como también de los amigos y vecinos de Santa Teresa, el Jairo, Mario, Paulo, Rogeiro, Carol, Clarissa, Elmir, Os Gemeos, que mudaron no sólo la forma en que sería este proyecto, sino la mía propia.” 

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Andrew De Freitas

Andrew de Freitas employs a range of mediums in order to explore issues arising from everyday perception and the formation of meaning and feeling. Central to his practice is design and construction, rearrangement of sensory data, experimentation with expanded methods of production and the narrative form.

“One night last year when passing through Berlin I ended up sitting at a big table in some Italian kind of place, with a group of people, all of whom I genuinely enjoy and admire in some way. Which is a nice place to find yourself in. And I think it was Julien Bismuth that said, hey, we should send a selfie to Helmut, presumably to make him jealous or proud – considering that altogether these folks at the table probably represented a strata of at least 15 years capacete, in the sense of capacete being amongst many other things, a diverse and networked constellation of people, who all in some way were connected through Rio de Janeiro. And it wasn’t a milestone or anything particularly remarkable, because for myself and many others there, it’s something that can happen quite often with people you get to know through capacete. And I think Julien took a photo, which I never saw, and we started to talk for while about what it is about capacete that creates this kind of thing. Which I suppose you could call, among many other things, meaningful relationships. There are tonnes of examples of groups, organizations, scenes, cities institutions etc that facilitate friendships and connections, and form also a sense of shared identity. For example, it could be that you lived in a a particular city at a certain time, attended a school or academy, or had some kind of job somewhere, and you have a group of friends or acquaintances that you associate with that time or place, and whom you keep a connection to because of it. But what we were noticing that night in Berlin was that of all the people we know from all those kinds of time and place that we’ve experienced, the relationships that are formed through capacete, often in rio, but not exclusively, tend to be meaningful, and lasting ones. relationships that don’t expire so easily.”


Joan Vedel

“It has been a little more than a year since I left Rio de Janeiro and right now I couldn’t be further away. I’m writing this from an old wooden cabin with no electricity and running water, in the middle of the Swedish forests covered in snow. It’s early morning, it’s pitch dark outside and there are no sounds except from my own breathing and this pen moving on the paper. It’s freezing cold and I’m sitting right next to a stove and a pile of firewood, my only light source is a candle gently swaying. There are no other houses close by, no neighbours, no traffic, just trees and trees and frozen lakes and rocks covered in icy moss.

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At this very moment I couldn’t be further away from Capacete in Rua Benjamin Constant, but still it feels so close and so much a part of my body. In fact, not a single day has passed in this year where I haven’t thought of my time in Capacete and Rio, I only need to close my eyes and all the noises and smells come right back to me. It can happen any moment and anywhere, when queuing in the supermarket or driving on my bike through Copenhagen, then suddenly out of nowhere I’m taken back to Benjamin Constant, to Capacete where I lived for a long period and spent most of my time: I hear the sounds of kids playing next door, the dealers shouting in the street outside, a stereo playing music from a neighbour’s window or a singer from the music school practising her scores. I see faces of people, friends and strangers passing by. I remember conversations we have had, meals and presentations in the yard downstairs. I can vaguely feel the hot days and the heavy rains, the moist and the sweat. I think of talks, laughters, discussions and fights; of days imbued with so much joy and high-spirited inspiration.

These sensations also come to me at night when sleeping and they often do. I have had so many weird dreams taken place in or around Capacete, but last night’s dream is the most vivid and I feel like sharing it with you, so please bare with me: Capacete had taken the form of some kind of boat or ferry full of decks and cabins. There was something slightly decadent about it, like a yacht from the 70’s, rusty in some places but still grand in its appearance. Other times it was more like a vessel, a watercraft simply floating onwards. On board we were mostly just a few passengers: me, Helmut, Andrew, the captain and a bunch of wild monkeys (sagüis). But sometimes other people would hop onboard and stay for some time and at one point there was suddenly a massive crowd partying on one of the upper decks. There was no doubt that Helmut owned this boat, but he was not in charge of it. The captain was an older Filipino man and he had a very rowdy way of steering the ship. We were on some unknown Brazilian river, long and curvy and also very narrow at times, almost to the point where we couldn’t pass, so the captain would bump the ship from side to side, forcing us through. Sometimes it felt like being in a rollercoaster in an amusement park, full-speed down a waterfall, other times it felt like we were slowly free-floating and barely moving. I never got the feeling that we knew where we were going, but no one seemed to mind, sailing, floating or river-fating down this endless stream of water. Helmut and Andrew were always in a funny mood and would climb around on the railing of the boat; go on land for days and then return. They always seemed busy with something and it was clear that they were enjoying themselves. And so was I, although I was more of an observer and never understood what we were up to, but still it felt important to be there and I never considered leaving the ship. …

It was a long and lucid dream full of details, one of those dreams that can stay with you for hours and days, perhaps even months. I know my time in Capacete will stay in my body for the rest of my life and I am so grateful for the ride.

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Maricruz Alarcón

Maricruz Alarcón was born in 1983 in Santiago de Chile. Her practice combines interdisciplinary studio work with critical writing about filmmaking. She studied at Universidad Católica de Chile in Santiago, Parsons The New School for Design and the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. Her work has been shown in several exhibitions including at Museo de Arte Contemporáneo and Galería Die Ecke in Santiago; Museo de LaEne in Buenos Aires; and The Kitchen, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, and TEMP Space in New York.


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Alicia Herrero

“Como si las palabras almacenaran tesoros, ritmos y sentidos infinitos, residir puede derivar en re-incidir. Así, todo el secreto de una residencia artística estaría oculto en la acción que implica su coloquial nominación. Su mejor meta. ¿Qué otra cosa podemos aspirar de esta experiencia, que no sea incidir una y otra vez de forma intercambiable entre lxs unxs y lxs otrxs? Solo re-in-ci-dien-do una y otra vez, habrá trabajo compartido. Deslocalizarse es siempre grato para mi, no siempre se logra, muchas veces las exposiciones y actividades de agenda, hacen que esto no sea posible, incluso cambiando de lugar. En Capacete se logra, y lo digo por mi propia experiencia ya que la residencia me tomó en medio de la realización de un proyecto para una bienal y dos exposiciones en otros dos paises. Se logra porque Capacete incide en unx y abre el corazón a ser incidido. No solo durante su estadía. Cinco años despúes, un tramo de esa experiencia reaparece en una nueva serie. Incide, reincide, y vuelvo a incidir. Pero hay otros secretos ocultos en las palabras. Residir reincidir puede derivar en resistir. ¿Qué otra cosa se anhela, sino, que una residencia de artistas, logre ser el lugar dónde resistir ciertas normas epocales? Una zona de resistencia, lo es también de emancipación, de aventura y solidaridad. ¿Capacete? Un lugar extra-ordinario del planeta. Una residencia que reincide en ser una resistencia existencia”




Joao Mode

JOÃO MODÉ, lives and works at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His work is marked by a plural notion of languages and areas of expertise. He works mainly with video, photographs, installations, actions with public participation and interventions in architectural spaces. He has a degree in Architecture and Visual Programming and a Masters in Visual Languages from the UFRJ – Rio de Janeiro. Some of his works feature in the collections: MAM SP; MAM Rio ; Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo and Frac Bretagne , France .



Brigida Baltar

“Trabalhar com o Capacete e Helmut Batista foi uma possibilidade de realizar um projeto de forma ideal. Quando eu falo ideal, é conseguir produzir com alegria, entre reunions leves, informais e com grande potência de criação. As vezes, nos reuníamos até na praia. Conheci o Helmut  logo que ele veio morar no Rio, no final dos anos noventa.e fomos rapidamente estabelecendo pontes de trabalho, afeto e amizade. Desta forma aconteceu nosso projeto em 2004, um filme em 16 mm, que chamei Maria farinha Ghost Crab. Este filme girava em torno da personificacão do caranguejo de areia conhecido como caranguejo fantasma. Convidei a atriz Lorena da Silva para agir como o animal, correndo fugidiamente e cavando incessantes buracos na areia. Helmut convidou o Seppo Renvall para filmar, ele que tinha o equipamento em 16mm e fazia residencia no Capacete. As coisas iam se encaixando facilmente e Helmut consegue ajustar tudo muito bem. Fomos todos para a Ilha Grande, no Rio de Janeiro e trabalhamos intensamente por uma semana, com uma pequena e vigorosa equipe. Lembro ainda, da atmosfera humorada durante as filmagens, pois Seppo, não falava portugues ou ingles e eu muito menos, filandês, sua nacionalidade. Isso produziu uma longa conversa de mãos por toda a parte.

Ainda o projeto seguiu com desenhos, esculturas, som e em pequena publicação. Minha eterna  memoria do Capacete é do organismo vivo que vai se metamorfoseando sempre, criando situações as mais contemporâneas, os formatos mais inesperados e sempre com alegria”