morani. Born in Nilópolis, BXD, RJ, 1997. Participates in the International Residency Program at Capacete (2019/2020). Graduated in Art History at the School of Fine Arts – UFRJ. Worked as art educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Niterói and School of Visual Arts Parque Lage. Researcher at the African Philosophy Group Geru Maa / UFRJ. Participated in group exhibitions at the Paço Imperial, EAV – Parque Lage, Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro, Atelier, among others.



Millena Lízia




Millena Lízia is a person living this world in search of a walk with dignities and health. She seeks the simplicity, because the most trivial things come to her with layers of challenges and complexities. Among her institutionalized backgrounds are the postgraduate degree in Contemporary Arts’ Studies (2018) from the Universidade Federal Fluminense, the Film and Video Editing course (2012) from the Escola de Cinema Darcy Ribeiro and the Graphic Design degree from the Instituto Federal Fluminense (2009). She has been collaborating since 2011 with various meetings, productions, talks, collective exhibitions and educational propositions. She is a researcher and contemporary-ancestor artist-after-the-2000-year, which has been organized since the diasporic agitations of pictorial-epidermic lived experiences – just another possible way of presentation, which wants to point out that her field of action is in existence, in relationships, displacements, confrontations and escapes since the the imaginary production.

Coups, rising extreme poverty, labor reform, military intervention, dismantling of public education and affirmative action programs, increasing black murder while there is a decrease in white homicide rates, execution of university students across racial and gender differences outside and inside university campus, all sorts of symbolic obliterations and waste of life. Faced with such circumstances, of so many vulnerabilities, surely are not questions such as what is art?, what is the art object?, what is contemporary art? or how to make art? that have been taking the energies of an entire population that in recent decades has seen itself in social mobilities and occupying spaces of power that previously were deprived for them, but, instead, how to produce life?, because in this times in which we are living is the struggle for our existence and the understanding of our fragilities that mark our urgencies. What kind of designs have these risky conditions been produced? And what are the escape lines?

Millena Lízia’s proposal at Capacete is interested in promoting regular meetings with artists and researchers in the field of visual arts (and related areas) whose existences are crossed by colonialities in order to strengthen networks, to think about strategies of maintenance and resistance in historically elitist spaces, to back our attention to our health, to exchange research, to strengthen ties, to interchange our productions, to think about the dialogues that our productions make between them and to answer, perhaps, with aesthetic propositions these meetings, knowing that it is the struggle for life, in all its power, our main focus.


Dorota Gawęda & Eglė Kulbokaitė

Dorota Gawęda and Eglė Kulbokaitė in YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP 146 featured in Gruppe Magazine. Photo: FRITZ SCHIFFERS


Dorota Gawęda (b. 1986, Lublin, PL) and Eglė Kulbokaitė (b. 1987, Kaunas, LT) are an artist duo founded in 2013, based in Basel (CH). Both are graduates of the Royal College of Art, London (2012). They work in a variety of media spanning performance, installation, video, sculpture and scent. They are the founders of YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP – YGRG (2013- ), a project that looks for a horizontal way of approaching text and sharing of knowledge, providing an intimate discursive space within the experience of collective reading. The duo are also the founders of Agatha Valkyrie Ice (2014- 2017) post-body avatar, under whose name they co-curated OSLO1O project space in Basel (2015-2017). Gawęda and Kulbokaitė have exhibited their work internationally including: FUTURA, Prague (solo); Schimmel Projects, Dresden (solo); Lafayette Anticipations, Paris; HKW, Berlin; Spazio Maiocchi, Milan; Lucas Hirsch Gallery, Düsseldorf (solo); Les Urbaines, Lausanne; ANTI – 6th Athens Biennale; Switzerland; Art in General, New York; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Cell Project Space, London (solo); MMOMA, Moscow; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Amanda Wilkinson Gallery, London (solo); 13th Baltic Triennial, Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Kunsthalle Basel; ICA, London; SMK – National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (solo); MOMA, Warsaw; SALTS, Basel; Berlin Biennale 9; Kunsthalle Zürich; among others. Upcoming solo exhibitions of the duo include: Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf, On Curating, Zürich and FriArt/Kunsthalle Fribourg, Trafo Gallery, Budapest.
Currently, Gawęda Kulbokaitė are focused on their ongoing serial project YOUNG GIRL READING GROUP that seeks for the act of reading as an intimate experience, holding the potentiality to become public performance through the “outlouding” of words otherwise underemphaissed. This accumulative project investigates the embodiment of language, positing the interdependence of the text, the reading body, the environment and technology, where the readers and their surroundings are rendered as the site of active and ongoing set of relations. Thinking through an instability of boundaries, formal incompleteness, porosity and the idea of fragmentariness rather than holism is important to the duo’s approach to both reading and their material practice.  Gawęda and Kulbokaitė intend to continue their research into scent, a media that lends itself to creating speculative environments.


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Daniel Sepúlveda

Lenguajes de la Indigestión: Dos espíritus, linografía sobre papel estampado a cuerpo, 21 x 29,5 cm., Duen Sacchi, 2019.

Daniel is a researcher and educator whose toolbox arises from the anthropology, discipline that s/he studied in Centro Universitario del Norte de la Universidad de Guadalajara.S/he currently directs the independent circle of permanent studies Menos Foucault y más Shakira, in Mexico City and imparts the seminar Pedagogías Caníbales. Her/is educational commitment is located from the decolonization of knowledge, cultural products and anti-racism.As independent investigator, her/is work includes the coordination of two laboratories: Presente Inminente; Urban Architecture and Antropholy, with Mariana Medrano and La [tecno]Guerra en Curso. S/he collaborates in independent spaces as Cuerpos Parlantes (Guadalajara, México) and Casa Gomorra (Ciudad de México), in addition to be part of the team of Anormal Festival, festival of post-pornography, feminisms, bodies and dissident sexualities.

Hospice of Utopian Residences is a space whose itinerant capacity allows its unfolding 
collaboratively depending on the conditions of the physical space that hosts the project. 
On this occasion he supports the Bi-national Indigestion Languages ​​research and action project: 
Contrapedagogies and Visual Resistance Laboratory whose main research space is the hegemonic 
imaginary generated by political, aesthetic, visual and ethical hegemonies.

Eglė & Dorota

Dorota Gawęda (nascida em 1986, Lublin, PL) e Eglė Kulbokaitė (nascida em 1987, Kaunas, LT) 
são uma dupla de artistas fundada em 2013, com sede em Basileia (Suíça). Ambas são graduadas no 
Royal College of Art, Londres (2012). Elas trabalham em uma variedade de mídias, incluindo 
instalação, vídeo, escultura e performance. Elas são as fundadores do YOUNG GIRL 
READING GROUP - YGRG (2013-), um projeto que busca uma maneira horizontal de abordar textos e 
compartilhar conhecimentos, proporcionando um espaço discursivo íntimo na experiência da leitura 
coletiva. A dupla também é a fundadora do avatar pós-corpo de Agatha Valkyrie Ice (2014-2017), 
cujo nome co-curou o espaço do projeto OSLO1O em Basel (2015-2017). Gawęda e Kulbokaitė exibiram 
seus trabalhos internacionalmente, incluindo: FUTURA, Praga (solo); Projetos Schimmel, Dresden (solo); 
Antecipações de Lafayette, Paris; HKW, Berlim; Spazio Maiocchi, Milão; Galeria Lucas Hirsch, 
Düsseldorf (solo); Les Urbaines, Lausanne; ANTI - 6ª Bienal de Atenas; Suíça; Arte em geral, 
Nova York; Martin Gropius Bau, Berlim; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Cell Project Space, Londres (solo); 
MMOMA, Moscou; Palácio de Tóquio, Paris; Galeria Amanda Wilkinson, Londres (solo); 13ª Trienal do 
Báltico, Centro de Arte Contemporânea, Vilnius; Kunsthalle Basel; ACI, Londres; SMK - Museu Nacional 
da Dinamarca, Copenhague; Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (solo); MOMA, 
Varsóvia; SALTS, Basileia; Bienal de Berlim 9; Kunsthalle Zürich; entre outros. As próximas 
exposições individuais da dupla incluem: Coleção Julia Stoschek, Düsseldorf, On Curating, Zurique 
e FriArt / Kunsthalle Fribourg, Trafo Gallery, Budapeste.


Atualmente, Gawęda Kulbokaitė está focada em seu projeto serial em andamento YOUNG GIRL 
READING GROUP, que busca o ato de ler como uma experiência íntima, mantendo a potencialidade 
de se tornar uma performance pública por meio da “difusão” de palavras que, de outra maneira, 
seriam sub-asfixiadas. Este projeto acumulativo investiga a incorporação da linguagem, postulando 
a interdependência do texto, do corpo de leitura, do ambiente e da tecnologia, onde os leitores 
e seus arredores são representados como o local de um conjunto ativo e contínuo de relações. 
Pensar através de uma instabilidade de limites, incompletude formal, porosidade e a idéia de 
fragmentariedade, em vez de holismo, é importante para a abordagem da dupla na leitura e em sua 
prática material. Gawęda e Kulbokaitė pretendem continuar suas pesquisas sobre a performance, uma 
mídia que se presta a criar ambientes especulativos.

Yasmine Ostendorf

Researcher/curator Yasmine Ostendorf  has been undertaking research across Asia and Europe on artists proposing alternative ways of living and working – ways that ultimately shape more sustainable, interconnected and resilient societies and peripheries. She has extensively worked on international cultural mobility programmes and on the topic of art and ecology, having worked for expert organisations such as Julie’s Bicycle (UK), Bamboo Curtain Studio (TW), Cape Farewell (UK) and Trans Artists (NL). She runs the Green Art Lab Alliance, a network of 35 cultural organisations in Europe and Asia that explores, questions, and addresses our social and environmental responsibility, and is the author of the series of guides “Creative Responses to Sustainability,” published by the Asia-Europe Foundation (SG) and the Ecologic Institute (DE). She is an associate curator for Valley of the Possible (CL), for the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World (UK), and for C-Platform (CN). Since 2017 she is the Head of the Lab for Nature Research at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht (NL) and the initiator of the Van Eyck Food Lab (2018); a research placement for an artist/chef, understanding food in the light of current ecological, social and political developments. She has been organising Food Art Film Festivals collecting, showcasing and celebrating inspiring food/art practices from across the globe and has been organising regular Reading Groups to bring together theory and practice. She tries to write a monthly blog for



My initial plan was to spend my time expanding on partnerships for the Green Art Lab Alliance in Latin-America; connecting dots, redistributing resources and organising exchanges and so on. Soon it turned out that above all, Capacete is a personal opportunity to enjoy a second education; a chance to carefully dissect and review Eurocentric perspectives and expand on my theoretical and cultural framework in active anti-colonial and anti-racist ways. More than anything my ‘project’ here is to listen, absorb and internalise. And more than it being about a subject it’s become to be about recognising underlying systems and structures and curating alternative methodologies  accordingly.

**Yasmine Ostendorf's residence is possible with the support of Mondriaan Fonds

Tatyana Zambrano

Tatyana Zambrano, 1982, Medellin-Colombia. Publicist and visual artist. 
Master in Movement digital art and information technologies from UNAM Mexico. 
She currently lives in Rio de Janeiro-Brazil doing the one-year program in Capacete. 
She was part of the SOMA 2016 educational program CDMX. She works on projects that deal 
with the transition of ideologies and the institutionalization of rebellion. Her work has 
been recognized in Les Rencontres Internationales New Cinema and Contemporary art in Berlin, 
Official Selection of Latin American video art by the Getty Research Institute and the 
National Artists Salon of Colombia.


My search is about Black tourism (tourism of mourning or thanatos-tourism), is a form of tourism in which the main attraction are the places where deaths, tragedies or catastrophes have occurred; it is also called morbid tourism. There is a tourist market niche in which people seek to experience these strong emotions first-hand. An example of this type of tour, which are almost reality shows, is in Hidalgo Mexico where people pay to have the experience of being “mojado” in an artificial scenario on the dessert, these people experience the passage from Mexico to the United States, going hungry and psychological abuse.

The project aims to exceed this imaginary of Latin America through the creation of an amusement workshops in order to show a cynical and ironic, but paradigmatic situation where black tourism immorally represents what morality wants to communicate.

Finally, I am moved to be part of the program because I feel arts as a affair state, where we are accomplice in this thing called contemporary arts, shared guilt, sometimes hard, sometimes fun, but is the capacity of exploring into yourself, taking risks, affections, and probably the challenge of deal with more human beings doing the best thing #arts.


Tiago de Abreu Pinto

In Rio, I'll be chatting with artists. Listening, mainly. Henceforth, said artists, will be the basis 
of fictional texts (perhaps, not so much, because everything they say is incorporated into the text 
and therefore not fictional and more real). The aforementioned artists should not be excluded from the 
dialogue after the text has been completed since I believe that contact with the artist must be 
continuous and permanent. In other words, I will connect the artist's message (or, better said, voice) 
to the public through texts that incorporate features of his idiosyncrasy. In the sweet slopes of this 
communication, the allusion to Mikhail Bakhtin's dialectical and dialogical forms will become clear to 
explore new forms of critical mediation. Furthermore, this process will transform the different voices 
of the artists into a fictional mass that sheds light on various themes such as: (a) interpretation 
and neutrality, (b) the limits between fiction and reality and (c) different ways in which contemporary 
artists incorporate your ideas.
Tiago de Abreu Pinto is an independent writer and curator, Ph.D in Art History from the Complutense 
University of Madrid. He won the Art Curatorship Scholarship awarded by the Gwangju Art Biennial, 
South Korea in 2012, and the Art Se Busca Comisario Art Curator Award from the Community of Madrid, 
Spanish Government in 2014.

20 years CAPACETE


7th December at 7pm


Book Release:

+ 20 years CAPACETE
+ 10 years Metropolitan Gallery (Chile)
+ Lugar a Dudas (Colombia)

With presentations of the following art spaces:

• Lugar a Dudas – Victor Albarracín – Cali
• Galeria Metropolitana – Luis e Ana – Santiago
• Casa do Povo – Marilia Loureiro – SP
• Casa Mario – Sebastian Alonso – Montevideo
• Despina – Guilherme Altmayer – RJ
• CAPACETE – Camilla Rocha Campos, Tanja Baudoin e Helmut Batista – RJ



!!!!!!! LAUNCH OF THE NEW 1 YEAR CAPACETE PROGRAM (2019/2020) !!!!!!!

** in the kitchen Tesuo Hida cooking Maguro Zuke Don (RS 13.99)



To download the book CAPACETE click the link below:

Book of 20 years CAPACETE

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Tenzing Barshee

**Photo by Hanna Putz 
Tenzing Barshee (born 1983) is an independant writer and a curator at Sundogs in Paris. In Rio de Janeiro, he reflects on how the idea of „touching and being touched“ can assist and complicate the displacement of one‘s own body. Following different cues, he approaches people and places with a determined willingness to engage, paired with the melancholy inherent to the memory of a childlike curiosity.
As part of the “COINCIDENCIA” program in South America of the Swiss Pro Helvetia Foundation

Sol Archer


Sol trabalha em um espaço de encontro entre documentário e especulação, trabalhando principalmente com a imagem em movimento para desenvolver espaços de conversação e co-criação com grupos e comunidades. Prestando atenção a um site como uma zona múltipla de narrativas que se cruzam, atravessando escalas locais e globais para tentar mapear as ações e abstrações de poder através de efeitos em escalas corporais e vivas.

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Fotini Gouseti

Experiencing connecting issues“- CAPACETE Athens 2017

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Fotini Gouseti is a conceptual artist and PhD researcher in anthropology. She studied art at Athens School of Fine Arts (BA), Dutch Art Institute (MA) and she is currently a PhD candidate at the Dept. of History, Archaeology & Social Anthropology, University of Thessaly, Greece. Accordingly, her practice is research-based, socially-engaged and quite often called political. Her learningprocess derives out of her connection with others, while she focuses on the role of art in negotiating issues of memory.

She is the initiator of the art project Renkonto. For the past few years she has been engaged in the research projects The Present as a Result of the Past and The Least Wanted Travel the Most. The artistic outcomes of her projects are presented in various contexts worldwide.

Pêdra Costa



Pêdra Costa is a Brazilian Performance Artist and a Visual Anthropologist. S/he is currently doing a Diploma at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and working with queer immigrant artists internationally. Hers work is informed by the aesthetics of post-porn and an investigation about anti-colonial concepts.
About the residency: The focus of my research is the Invisible Knowledge, which I have developed experimentally, based on anti-colonial strategies, self-care pedagogies and non-cartesian epistemologies. I present my performance “de_colon_isation”, which is part of my research at the University of Fine Arts Vienna. I release the book in Brazil “Anti*Colonial Fantasies – Decolonial Strategies” and I work on my project “Anti-analysis”, where I schedule an appointment with 6 artists (individually or in groups) per day, in a free session of 50 minutes each, focusing on art, critical theory and pedagogy.



Valentina Desideri

foto: Daniela Pinheiro



Valentina Desideri is an Amsterdam-based artist. She trained in contemporary dance at the Laban Centre in London (2003–2006) and later on did her MA in Fine Arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (2011–13). She does Fake Therapy and Political Therapy, she co-organises Performing Arts Forum in France, she engages in Poethical Readings with Prof. Denise Ferreira da Silva, she speculates with many, she reads and writes.

She is available to share the practices and tools I use and research (Political Therapy as well as various reading and healing practices) with whomever is interested in experiencing and further exploring them with her. She is particularly interested in approaching study as a practice of healing, but how that can be done and what kind of collective experiments of study we could set up during the residency is totally up to encounters, circumstances and urgent necessities that emerge.
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Bruna Kury



Bruna Kury is a Brazilian anarcotransfeminist, performer, researcher of kuir sudaka in daily life and has performed with the Coletiva Vômito, Coletivo Coiote, La Plataformance, MEXA and Coletivo T. Pirateia and does post porn and pornoterror. She develops direct performances / actions against the prevailing compulsory heteronormative patriarchal cis-theme and structural oppressions (class WAR), especially in crisis places. He has recently participated in the All Genders show with PornôPirata, the cultural turn in SP with the T Collective and the 10mg Terminal with the MEXA Collective.

She intends in the residence to research and to experience and to change on the created concept “pornorecycling” and the purge of the patriarchy in the “vomit workshop”.

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Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui

Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui (born 1949) is a Bolivian feminist, sociologist, historian, and subaltern theorist. She draws upon anarchist theory as well as Quechua and Aymara cosmologies. She is a former director and longtime member of the Taller de Historia Oral Andina (Workshop on Andean Oral History). She is also an activist who works directly with indigenous movements in Bolivia, such as the Katarista movement and the coca growers movement.

Nikos Doulos

Experiencing connecting issues“- CAPACETE Athens 2017

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Nikos Doulos is a visual artist, curator, and co-director of Expodium in Utrecht (NL) – an ‘urban do tank’ that utilizes artistic means to address urban challenges and the ever-changing nature of cities.

Doulos interests lie with the investigation of pedagogical modes for inclusive knowledge production framed under site-specific research trajectories and temporal interventions. In his work, he creates malleable situations/conditions as participatory infrastructures and ‘soft’ knowledge generators. 

Walking holds a predominant part in his practice. 

He is the founder of NIGHTWALKERS – a participatory nocturnal walking project investigating the contemporary identity of the flanêur, performed in (among others) the Netherlands, Serbia, Sweden, Italy, Hungary, South Korea and Greece 

He has presented collaborative projects at the Trafó House of Contemporary Arts (Budapest), Bildmuseet (Umeå), participated at the Impakt Festival (Utrecht), the Athens Biennale: #4 AGORA and the 53rd October Salon and has lead workshops for UNIDEE – Cittadelartte Pistoletto Foundation and the University of the Arts, Uniarts Helsinki. In 2017 he participated at Capacete Athens – a nine-month residency in Athens under the broader framework of Documenta 14. 

Doulos is a co-curator of the Unmaking The Netherlands program initiated by Expodium and a co-editor of the Unmaking or How To Rethink Urban Narratives publication. 

Since 2016, he holds a position at the DAI ROAMING ACADEMY as the Senior Coordinator of Planetary Campus.


NIGHTWALKERS WERKSPOOR 2018: THE EXISTING, THE PROBABLE AND THE POSSIBLE. New monthly Nightwalkers sessions in Utrecht’s Werkspoorkwartier are announced on our facebook page!



Gris García

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She is an artist and an independent curator. Her work is centered around contemporary practices and those hybrid productions that emerge from dialogues and correspondences with the other.

Eliana and our rooms. Jari and our neighborhood life. Raul and our breakfasts. Gian and his bread. Rodrigo and the silence. Fabiana an her voice. Sol, Michelle and the discussions. Jota and her radical tenderness. Nikos and his walks. Vasiliki surprising. Helmut and his havaianas. Still with me.”

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Jari Malta

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Jari Malta (Montevideo, Uruguay) estudió filosofía y literatura comparada en Barcelona, así como el Programa de Estudios Independientes del MACBA. Vive, escribe y habla por Skype con sus amigxs en Malmö.

En 1998, cuando arrancó Capacete, yo tenía 13 años y el pelo teñido de azul. También en el 98 tuve sexo por vez primera y salieron algunos de mis discos favoritos, como The Shape of Punk to Come Goddamnit.

Hablar en pretérito de lo que supuso la experiencia en Atenas se me hace más difícil: aún me cuesta creer que la plaza de Exarchia no quede a tres cuadras, o que me sea imposible juntarme con Gris para pasear a Gnaki y tomar un helado (ella, yo una Coca-Cola).”

Rodrigo Andreolli

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Carta a minha amiga:

“…Esta residência aqui gera um espaço de transição e reorganização interna, é uma continuidade do exercício da presença colaborativa e curiosa, experimentando estruturas de trabalho, de vida. Essa experiência também coloca em perspectiva minha trajetória, meu corpo, minhas práticas e torna palpável as reverberações que me trouxeram até aqui. Estou tentando aprender a direcionar minha atenção para olhar mais de perto quais questões me impulsionam a ação, que gestos eu coloco ou quero colocar no mundo e o que resulta desta interação. Tenho vontade de dançar, acho que quando danço alguma coisa acontece. Mas sinto que na maior parte das vezes essa coisa de criar peça/espetáculo mata a dança. Então como dançar e manter a dança viva nesse esquemão do mundo da arte? Talvez fora dele. Como fazer do corpo o instrumento de transformação do pensamento morto? Como manter-se vibrando os ecos de um campo de criação coletiva, comunicação que atravessa estruturas obsoletas, que traspassa tudo, que liga tudo? 



Ontem olhei a lua formando um caminho no mar e percebi a concretude desse coisa que é a lua. E como não dá pra viver neste mundo sem olhar pra ela, sem saber dela e sem sentir seu movimento, que influencia tudo aqui. Ela fica lá olhando pra gente o tempo todo e se aproxima e se distancia, tudo muda por conta desta relação. Tudo no mundo é assim. A lua é um destes elementos. Ficou forte pra mim também essa relação da lua, das divindades pagãs, das manifestações divinas no que é concreto. A luz da lua fazia o caminho prata-dourado na superfície da água e também penetrava as ondas pra além da minha visão criando curvas de luz no escuro-azul do mar. Essa mesma luz tocava a terra e o meu corpo numa linha que cortava  e ligava tudo ao mesmo tempo. E essa lua que baixava no horizonte, quase tocando o mar, naquele mesmo momento lançava seu corte sobre outras águas, terras e corpos. Pensei que aquela mesma luz que me tocava, toca também você aí. Deste lugar quero dançar.


[no mar Egeu, entre Hydra e Pireos, em 08/maio/2017]” 


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. 


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.” 


Raul Hott

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Raúl Hott is a Chilean architect, artist, and educator that does work about the body, designing collective experiences for public spaces and natural environments. His projects are communal initiatives that invigorate democratic access to the arts and public life, injecting horizontal participation and vitality. He is an artist whose work spans architecture, sound, healing, choreography, writing, graphic design, and numerous other fields.

“Time. It has been just two months since I returned from Athens to Santiago, and I think the magnitude of this experience just begins to unfold in me. There are too many fundamental changes that I see in my person. In the same way, my comprehension of time is deeply affected. And so today I understand the need to stop, and by consequence, to rely on lived experiences.”

Reginaldo Gonçalves

Blueprint Brazil is an outcome of research into Brazilian Art, questioning what is Brazilian art? Or, what makes an artefact Brazilian? In this survey,  meant to function as a platform allowing past to meet present, Brazilian artists from different periods talk about their works and  experiences in connection with sociocultural developments in Brazil from the 1960s to the present day.


  This project, supported by the Mondriaanfonds, was carried out in 2017 during a Residency Program at Morro do Capacete, Rio de Janeiro. Keeping in mind Brazil’s sheer size and diversity, I decided to extend the research to other areas in order to get a better grip of different thoughts and artistic practices. The research began in Ipatinga, a city in the state of Minas Gerais, with a symposium organized by architecture students where we discussed Brazilian Architecture in connection with Brazilian Art. The next venue was Belo Horizonte. In Belo Horizonte I visited several studios, art galleries and museums speaking to a number of artists and others working in the art field. I also took part in a discussion panel with artists such as Ana Bella Geiger, Vera Chaves Barcelos and José Ronaldo Lima about Brazilian art before and after Tropicália. The event was to celebrate 50 years of the Tropicalia, a very important Brazilian art movement, which sprang to life in the 1960s. One well-known artist from the movement is Hélio Oiticica. From Belo Horizonte I went to Ouro Preto. Ouro Preto has a historical and political importance that demanded inclusion in my survey. The city has a great number of Baroque buildings and in my view is the beginning and the consolidation of the beginning of Brazilian art. Here the European style mixes with the local touch giving birth to a unique kind of Brazilian Baroque, as it might be called. The visit to state of Minas Gerais ended with a visit to the open air Museum Inhotim where one can see works from Brazilian artists from different periods to the present day. My next city was Salvador, Bahia, where I spoke to a handful of great artists who lived through the military period in Brazil, 1964-1985, and are still active. Among them is Ayrson Heráclito whose artwork had been presented at Venice Biennial 2017. Back In Rio de Janeiro I visited Museums such as MAM,  MAR, Museo do Amanha, Museo do Pontal, Museo de Arte Moderna Niteroi and several art galleries. While in Rio I took part in some art events organized at the Morro do Capacaete. In addition, I spoke to several artists and visited two art schools: the Escola de Arte do Parque Lage and the Faculdade de Belas Artes da UERJ, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. In these two schools I spoke with teachers and art students about Brazilian art  in relation with social-economic-political situation in Brazil at the time.

Brazil was said to have experienced an artistic growth in relation with its economic boom that took place  2000 – 2010. In this period, according to some artists, the artistic scene became bigger; this led to the consolidation of new art galleries and museums. However, the current situation present in September 2017 showed  that the artistic growth was experiencing turbulence due to the economical-political crises that  the country was undergoing.

I ended my survey in Brasília where I went to visit the country’s capital created by Oscar Niemeyer.

Blueprint Brazil  is a research project above all into art. A research project that points out differences between past experiences and those of the present time. Questions regarding the Brazilian art scene were discussed with artists, curators, teachers, students and art historians. They all expressed their views and shared their experiences. The talks were held individually and each person spoke out their views about art in relation with all the questions presented  above.

Answers to this research, instead of being explicitly stated in this report, are to be found in a show at WGKunst Gallery, Amsterdam. The four artworks presented in this exhibition were a reflection of all interesting material encountered  throughout my journey. Moreover, all the interviews will be soon displayed on the internet.

This art research is an ongoing project. This report is not yet the end of this survey.

Régis Gonçalves


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.

Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki

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Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki suggests a practice between the object and the social engagement work. Understanding line not as a linear perspective which provides a limit but a juxtaposition of singular points whose variety in form creates a possibility of movement between them, a moving sculpture. Initiator of the Yellow Brick research project.

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Fabiana Faleiros

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Fabiana Faleiros (Brasil, 1980) is a poet, performer and researcher. She is doctoral student in the Arts and Culture program at UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, and Lady Incentivo, whose album Lady Incentivo: novas formas de amar e de gravar CD (Lady Incentivo: new ways to make love and to make CDs) was recorded at Mobile Radio BSP, during the 30th Bienal de São Paulo. Between 2015 and 2016 she has been touring with the Mastur Bar, an itinerant bar project that travelled to Cuba (Fabrica de Arte Cubano, Havanna), Colombia (Kuir Bogotá, International Festival for Queer Arts and Cinema), and through Brazilian cities such as São Paulo, Porto Alegre and Belém do Pará. In 2016 she published the book O pulso que cai e as tecnologias do toque (The Wrist that Drops and the Technologies of Touch). Ikrek: São Paulo. Currenty she participes in Capacete residency in colaboration with Documenta 14 (Athens, Kassel).

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.


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.”


Eliana Otta

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Eliana Otta is a multidisciplinary artist. Through drawing, writing, video, installations and participatory projects, she associates simple details from everyday life that can speak about complex processes in specific contexts, inquiring how subjectivities shape public space by relating the personal to the political, as well as individual and shared memories to questions about the present and our possible collective wishes for the future. Economic inequality, precarious labor, gender violence  and our relation with nature in neoliberal extractivist systems, are some of her main focus of interest.


 “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.”


Alexandra Baudelot

Co-director of les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (Paris northern suburbs) since 2013 with Dora Garcia and Mathilde Villeneuve, Alexandra Baudelot has worked for several years as an exhibition curator, editor and author. In 2009 she created and managed Rosascape, a platform for contemporary creation in Paris that straddles multiple spheres as a private art centre and production unit, exploring the contexts of production and reception of works as well as their mode of display by attending to specific notions such as the question of private, intimate space vs public and political space. The decision to house Rosascape in an architecturally defined space — a private, intimate, theatrical space, playing with a tension between interior and exterior space and the domestic character of its surroundings — rather than in a neutral, ‘white cube’ type of exhibition space, stems from a will to perceptibly shift the relationship to artworks and artistic experiences. A critical awareness of the standardisation of exhibition spaces in the context of globalisation, and thus of the standardised relationship between the artwork and the public, led us to seek and occupy a site and experiential sphere of a different kind — a left-field space — and displace, in this way, our relationship to contemporary art. At Rosascape she curated exhibitions with Katinka Bock, Ulla von Brandenburg, Raymond Gervais, Benoît Maire, Vittorio Santoro, Berger&Berger, and Adrian Dan and produced several artists books. 


Since 2013, as co-director of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, she develops a work with Mathilde Villeneuve and Dora Garcia based on two factors  — a laboratory that research, test out and experiment, and the town of Aubervilliers (at the periphery, on the outskirts, a melting pot of industrial workers, and a major site of immigration). The very particular relationship between these elements is the context in which artists-in-residence make and develop their projects. The collegial approach aims to establish collectives that enable new forms of intersubjectivity to take shape. In collaboration with the co-direction team, she works on developing novel communities that alter and transform according to the shifts and developments in their work. From the very beginning, the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers has been committed to reducing the gap between informed and uninformed audiences, and to supporting the most complex and hybrid artistic practices while ensuring no one feels excluded. The institution is renowned for the collective productions it has generated, for fostering collaborations between artists across the entire spectrum of disciplines, and for its participatory, community-building projects involving local residents. In 2016 she co-curated the event « Performing Opposition » intiated by Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers at Capacete (Rio de Janeiro) and Casa do Povo (Sao Paulo). She is the author of the book “Dispositif chorégraphique” (Les Presses du Réel, Nouvelles scènes collection, 2005) on the work of choreographer Jennifer Lacey in collaboration with the scenographer Nadia Lauro, the editor of the monograph “Grimaces du réél” on the choreographer Latifa Laâbissi (Les Presses du Réel, Nouvelles scènes collection, 2015), “Portraits d’Aubervilliers” by Lenio Kaklea with Lou Forster (Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, 2018), “Zarba Lonsa _o_o__o Mesonya/ » an editorial project by Katinka Bock, (MER. Paper Kunsthalle, 2018)

In 2016 she curated a serie of three exhibitions with Ulla von Brandenburg at The Power Plant (Toronto), The Darling Foundry (Montreal) and ACCA (Melbourne). 



Laura Taves

No CAPACETE, em julho de 2017, apresentou o projeto das Placas de Rua da Maré, e também, o projeto realizado na Nova Holanda, Maré, em 2016: Correspondências Cariocas – o Rio em 450 azulejos, foi um projeto realizado, a partir de uma edital da Secretaria Municipal de Cultura, para a celebração do aniversário de 450 anos da cidade. Maior do que previsto, o painel artístico revestiu uma casa inteira do bairro, com desenhos e textos de 50 crianças e jovens moradores locais, e sua visão do que é a cidade do Rio de Janeiro hoje. As crianças ainda enviaram postais, com seus desenhos e textos, para diversos amigos/parceiros ao redor do planeta. Os cartões já ganharam o mundo, nossa cidade está em toda parte, transcendendo o projeto e a Maré, ampliando sua abrangência territorial, fazendo novas conexões e se perpetuando no tempo.

Desde 2015 é gerente de Desenvolvimento de Público e Relações Comunitárias do Museu do Amanhã, trabalhando diretamente com os moradores da região da Pequena África, na criação de programas e ações que valorizem e que apresentem ao grande público a cultura popular e sofisticada da Matriz Africana local. O projeto Entre Museus, outro exemplo de atuação da área, trabalha com mais de 1.000 jovens de todas as escolas da região, incentivando sua visitação ao Museu do Amanhã e a outros 22 museus parceiros, um convite para entrar nos museus e também para conhecer esse grande museu à céu aberto que é a própria cidade.

Ian Erickson-Kery

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Ian Erickson-Kery is a PhD student at Duke University, where he researches and writes on Latin American art, literature, territorial conflicts, and geographical imaginaries. In recent years he has moved itinerantly between the north and the south, the art world and academia, and the city and the country, all of which shape the topography of his work. With equal fondness for Praça Tiradentes and Vale do Anhangabaú, he is nonpartisan in the Carioca-Paulista rivalry.

Soledad Leon

Coordinator of an collective art project called PIA Michelle

Also collaborate with CRAC Valparaiso now and then

Camilla Rocha Campos

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Artist, researcher, micro-political activist and self-revolutionary. As an artist she transits into the field of a collaborative art in which the public is invited to participate in performance situations relating her body to poetic contexts loaded with a kind of humor and criticism. In January 2017, when she joined the AiR Q21 International Art Residence Program at the Museum Quartier in Vienna, Austria, she held the workshop “Silent images shout body policies” at the Raum_D art space of the Museum Quartier.

Camilla Rocha Campos is currently director of the international art residency CAPACETE in Rio de Janeiro, where she also participated in the program as an artist in 2016, when she conducted the open research project “Respira Conspira” in partnership with artist and resident Thora Dolven Balke.

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.

Kadija de Paula

Kadija de Paula combines food, text and performance to make self-organizing and alternative economical experiments.

Kadija was activating the kitchen at Capacete, and before she used the book store as an office with other members of Agência Transitiva, a collective we had between 2013 and 2015. The office usage was called as Programa Epifita.


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) .Also is working for the Centre Dramatique National de Besançon, Université de Franche-Comté and at La Comédie de Reims.


Julia Retz

Julia is working independently on a research for school furniture and educational spaces in different schools around Brazil.


Pick Nick

Pick nick is an artist group based in Cyprus and initiated in 2012 by Alkis Hadjiandreou, Panayiotis Michael, Maria Petrides. pick nick brings together various means and practices of research to set up artworks and projects often in collaboration with fellow artists, writers, curators.


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.”


Paulo Tavares

Paulo Tavares is a Brazilian architect and urbanist based in Quito/London. His work is concerned with the relations between conflict and space as they intersect within the multi-scalar arrangements of cities, territories and ecologies. Grounded on research-based methodologies and commitment to field-work, Tavares’s practice combines design, media-based cartographies and writing as interconnected modalities of reading contemporary spatial conditions. He is currently developing a project on the violence of planning and the politics of ecology in Amazonia at the PhD Programme of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths, UK.

Fabiane Borges

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Is an artist, psychologist and essayist. Currently she is doing post-doctoral research in Space Culture in Visual Arts at nano/ppgav/eba/ufrj. She works in the intersection between art, technology and subjectivity. Is responsible for the organization of four books about art, internet, hacktivism,  one of the articulators of the technoshamanism network:

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Ronaldo Lemos

Ronaldo Lemos is a Brazilian academic, lawyer and commentator on intellectual property, technology, and culture.

Lemos is the director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro (, and professor at the Rio de Janeiro State University’s Law School. He is also a partner with the law firm Pereira Neto Macedo, and a board member of various organizations, including the Mozilla Foundation,, and Stellar. He was nominated a visiting professor of Law, Technology and Policy at Columbia University´s School of International Public Affairs in 2017 and 2018 . He was appointed as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015. He was appointed in November 2015 as a fellow by Ashoka, a civil society organization founded by Bill Drayton.

Pedro De Niemeyer Cesarino

Pedro de Niemeyer Cesarino é professor do Departamento de Antropologia da Universidade de São Paulo. Publicou recentemente os livros Oniska – poética do xamanismo na Amazônia (Editora Perspectiva, 2011,3o lugar do Prêmio Jabuti de Ciências Humanas), e Quando a Terra deixou de falar – cantos da mitologia marubo(Editora 34, 2013), além de artigos e textos literários. Tem desenvolvido pesquisas sobre etnologia indígena e interfaces entreantropologia, literatura e arte.

Anne Szefer Karlsen

Curator and writer, currently Head of Research for Bergen Assembly (2018-) and Associate Professor of Curatorial Practice at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, University of Bergen (2015-2021). She was Director of Hordaland Art Centre in Bergen, Norway (2008-14).

Postcard from Rio de Janeiro:

“I wake up around 5:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning, roused by a big group of people singing somewhere close by, almost chanting. It is still dark out, and I am in the neighbourhood of Glória in Rio de Janeiro. I learn through «worldtravelguide» that today we will celebrate Santo Antonio – with street markets, food and drinks. As well as couples jumping across bonfires and mock weddings. The same source reveals that this is the first of three saints to be celebrated in June and July – Festa Junina – and that the celebrations are connected to what we in the North know as Midsummer. But across the equator winter is coming. 


Since I was here in November last year inflation has skyrocketed, electricity is something like 60% more expensive, there is a real possibility of catching dengue fever –  if not the full-fledged version, then certainly what is commonly referred to as ‘baby-dengue’ which confusingly enough also starts with rashes on the chest and arms, intense pain behind the eyes that does not go away until four to seven days later, a dash of high fever and a lack of appetite. The corruption scandal in the semi-public oil company Petrobras doesn’t seem to end, the government has cut the budgets for health and education, and in Rio violence is on the rise. I have learned to distinguish fireworks from gunshots, and I am both happy and scared when passing the drug trafficking bar across the street. Happy because the bar owner and his crew seem to keep the peace in the street, scared because a slice of Brazilian everyday realism can be served up at any time. Museums must cut in their opening hours because they cannot afford the cost of air conditioning, and everyone I meet is complaining about a lack of discourse production in the art. A teacher in the public school system makes just under 2,000 Reais, equivalent to about €350. For parents with high-level education, but no money to put their children through private school, keeping their kids out of public school is a real option, resorting to home schooling and an environment of learning in a network of adults.

I spend every day with a group of 12 artists, curators, educators, writers and producers taking part in the yearlong programme at Capacete: A para-educational initiative with participants from many parts of the world, but also from Brazil. This creates a dynamic in the group where fact is mixed with curiosity.

Wednesdays are particularly busy. This is the day when the students (participants… residents… call them what you like, because no one has really taken the time to name the roles they are inhabiting this year) open the doors and invite the public for presentations, food and drinks. Three weeks ago I was sitting in the hot seat together with my colleague Daniela Castro presenting ’Self Organised, now available in Portuguese’. While we were talking about self-organisation, homemade burgers and the potent mix of lime, sugar and cachaça – distilled sugar cane – was served in the illegal bar. Next week the Wednesday night was a bit louder, resulting in the neighbour throwing eggs with surprising precision at the public and the police showing up. And unlike in Norway, the debate about police carrying firearms is long gone in Brazil: When they knock on the door they come carrying machine guns.

Thursday to Tuesday is typically filled with seminars presented by guests, or small excursions organised by the participants themselves. The week after our seminar we whizz through yet another tunnel, four mountains to the left from Ipanema on the map, and get off at the shopping centre AutoEstrada Lagoa-Barra. We cross the 14-lane motorway and meet the artist Wouter Osterholt, who will guide us around the tower where he and Elke Uitentuis filmed the video work Paraíso Ocupado.

Barra da Tijuca is a neighbourhood in the southwest area of the city. In the 1960s the city planner Lucío Costa drafted a modernist master plan for 76 towers, which were designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Only four towers were realised – one of which collapsed during construction, two are in use today and one is a modern ruin. It was never completed.

The characters in Paraíso Ocupado stage a script in English for a commercial film created to promote the area, geared towards foreign buyers. The artist found the script in the ghost tower, in an ‘archive in chaos’ which still exists today on the second floor. We try not to show too much interest in the two rooms filled with archive folders, blueprints and an old typewriter when we move through the three lower floors, guided by the guard’s flashlight through the dark and spiraling staircases.

Finally, on my last day in Rio I have a chance to go to MAM – Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro. The museum has been between exhibitions the whole time I have been here, but Wednesday last week I went to see designer Manuel Raeder for a sneak preview of the exhibition Marginália 1 – Rogério Duarte. It is, as the title indicates, a survey exhibition of the practice of graphic designer, musician and poet Rogério Duarte. Duarte is the man behind the influential essay ‘Notes on Industrial Design’ (Notas Sobre o Desenho Industrial) from 1965. He also designed and edited several issues of the magazine Movimento 1, which started in 1962 and was seminal for a whole generation. Duarte was thus part of establishing the well-known Tropicália movement. Today he is a man in his late 70s, marked by a long and tumultuous life – largely thanks to the treatment he endured during the military dictatorship in Brazil from 1964 to 1985.

Many on the Norwegian art scene will recognise the name Capacete from a while back when the Office for Contemporary Art Norway offered residencies for artists and curators there. Manuel Raeder and Wouter Osterholt also have links to Capacete.  It was during a residency a few years ago that Osterholt came across the towers and his interest was sparked. And the exhibition at MAM has previously been on display in Europe, then partly produced by Capacete. And like so many guests before and after them, here they are again to continue their projects. There is something about this structure, whose name translates as ‘helmet’, which focuses your senses and directs your gaze. And for a brief moment I also have had the privilege of being part of this – as a stowaway, witness or colleague, my role has been just as ambiguous as everyone else’s – yet it all seems logical. 


Giseli Vasconcelos

Giseli é produtora cultural e artista interdisciplinar, brasileira, residente nos Estados Unidos. Desenvolve festivais, workshops, exibições e publicações que discutem mídias e tecnologias relacionadas ao cenário brasileiro de arte e ativismo. Seus projetos se caracterizam pela junção de redes colaborativas que se destacam por práticas de mídias táticas e pedagogias radicais relacionadas à cultura de internet. Seus projetos já foram apresentados em Quito (LabSurLab), Amsterdam (N5M), Nova Delhi (Sarai), Viena (MQ21), Berlim (Radical Networks), São Paulo (31st Biennial of São Paulo, Sesc Pompeia), Rio de Janeiro (Capacete, Lastro).

Giseli is a cultural worker and interdisciplinary artist from Brazil based in US. She has been organizing festivals, workshops, exhibitions and publications that discuss media and technology related to the Brazilian scene of art and activism. Most of the projects are collaborative process that highlights practices on tactical media and radical pedagogies related to internet culture. Her work has already been presented in Quito (LabSurLab), Amsterdam (N5M), New Delhi (Sarai), Vienna (MQ21), Berlin (Radical Networks), São Paulo (31st Biennial of São Paulo, Sesc Pompeia), Rio de Janeiro (Capacete, Lastro).

“No retorno ao Brasil, Capacete foi o espaço e agenciamento importante para revisitar minha rede de trabalho, e também para estabelecer novos contatos e aproximação artistas, pensadores e curadores que circulam pelo Brasil. Como integrante do primeiro programa anual Capacete, o espaço residência-escola localizado no Rio de Janeiro nos proporcionou um ambiente informal e descontraído para repensar e debater experiências coletivas, e permitiu uma abertura para aproximar outras redes culturais que trazem questões críticas contundentes ao sistema institucional da arte no Brasil.”

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”. 


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.

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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.” 



Caroline Valansi

Caroline Valansi é artista visual, professora de fotografia e artes. Sua produção artística transita entre o espaço e a ficção. Suas obras sempre foram enraizadas em seu forte interesse em traços coletivo e histórias íntimas. Caroline utiliza materiais familiares em sua pesquisa: fotos de salas de cinemas, velhos filmes pornográficos, imagens encontradas da internet e suas próprias fotografias e desenhos e, juntos, somam uma ampla exploração de representações da sexualidade feminina contemporânea.


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.”

Jonas Delaborde

Artistic director of Nazi Knife, with Hendrik Hegray, FLTMSTPC, Paris (since 2006) / False Flag, with Hendrik Hegray and Stéphane Prigent, FLTMSTPC, Paris (since 2010) / Mentiras, fanzine (since 2013).

My work comprises several different operations, which are distinct but in dialogue.
On the one hand I make images, in series: drawings, mainly, but also collages and photographs. This iconographic work, and the different ways in which it’s elaborated, are infused with permanent sculptural activity. On the other hand, I design publications that are exclusively comprised of images I myself have produced, and others, taken from books or commissioned from guest artists. Their modes of publication vary between self-publication, collaborations and participations in existing collections. But they’re all part of the same movement: that of creating conditions for narration.


Oliver Bulas

Oliver Bulas studied biology before he became an art student at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg, Germany (2005-2012) and at SFAI in San Francisco, US. He creates ‘constructed situations, in which the visitor immerses. He uses performance and he works in public space. Bulas is wondering if the public space is a place where differences clash and are negotiated. A place where maybe a short flash of social space can incidentally shine up as a utopian moment. He was a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL. Solo exhibitions (selection): PARSE, New Orleans, US (2016), M.1 Arthur Boskamp Stiftung Hohenlockstedt, GER (2013); [MAKNETE] (Galerie für Landschaftskunst), Hamburg, GER (2012); Halle für Kunst Lüneburg, GER (2012), Kunstverein in Hamburg, GER (2008). Group exhibitions (selection): CAC, Vilnius, LIT (2017), Despina, Rio de Janeiro,BRA (2017), Y Gallery, New York, US (2015), Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, GER (2013); basis Frankfurt e.V., Frankfurt, GER (2013); Swell Gallery, San Francisco, US (2011); Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, US (2007); Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris, FR (2003). Currently he is studying computer sciences in Berlin.