Ongoing collaboration between Brazilian artist Ricardo Palmieri and Croat Kruno Jošt will be presented in cultural centre SESC in Curitiba, Brazil.
CultureRobot is invited for participation in the Circuito Vivo arte.mov 2012 between 07 to 12 May 2012 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. Typical micro-festival is occupying the spaces of the SESC Palace of Freedom (SESC Paço da Liberdade). Program ranges from a set of audiovisual shows, forum involving researchers and artists to workshops on mapping and geo-location and participative installation. The idea of the festival is to expand access to discussions and critical use of technologies, such as mobile media, the microcinemas, the mediation technologies, network policies and art in public space.
Circuit arte.mov Live is a project that has existed since the first edition of the festival (started in 2006). Created initially as a mechanism for dissemination of the activities, Circuit today has become a standalone event, a special edition that has a priority to establish prospective artists and researchers in the localities where it occurs. In 2012 Circuit Live arte.mov is taking place in five Brazilian cities: Rio de Janeiro, Recife, Goiania, Curitiba and Sao Paulo.
Collaboration of Brazilian and Croatian artists on particpative isntallation CultureRobot has started in 2008 and since has been presented on HAIP festival in Ljubljana, SESC San Jose dos Campos, Brazil, Futuresonic Fringe, Manchester and arte.mov Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Lucas Bambozzi is a multimedia artist based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. His works are constituted by pieces dealing with media in a wide variety of formats, such as installations, single channel videos, short films and interactive projects.
In this interview Lucas explains intentions behind ArteMov festival, about locative media, usage of open systems as alternative, sharing and dissemination of knowledge and about commission winning CultureRobot project at 2009 festival.
CultureRobot 4.0 was exhibited at Culture Center â€œ104â€? during Artemov festival in Belo Horizonte between 11th and 14th November. Workshops where local participants could expand their understanding on the urban space they live in and create audio and video materials collected during walks in the metropolitan area was part of Electronica festival, happening one week before Artemov in the same venue. Material aggregated and edited during this workshops was used to create materials presented on the map for CR 4.0 installation. CultureRobot creators Ricardo Palmieri and Kruno JoÅ¡t were joined by Paloma Oliveira and Mateus Knelsen in CR4.0.
CR 4.0 installation
Selected between 60 applications, CR4.0 won Artemov’s locative media competition juried by Lucas Bambozzi and others.Â Artemov, a festival sponsored by mobile giant Vivo, is an event that for 4 years creates space for video artist and every two years presents new tendencies in the sphere of locative media artworks. It is consisted of videos produced on mobile phones, video installations, talks and presentations and weekend evening programs with audio visual performances.
PD Convention was organized by Alexander Porres, Paloma Oliveira and Palmieri Ricardo in collaboration with SESC Sao Paulo, Museum of Image and Sound (MIS) and PU between 19th and 26th of July 2009.Â On Sunday 19th July opening night started the whole scope of activities: from workshops to presentations, concerts, performances, interactive installations and most importantly PARTYs!
So here I start my English thoughts. And I ask myself how to make myself be understood by people who are not native English speakers, reminding that Iâ€™m not neither. We may all be lost in translationâ€¦ And what occurs me is that many wars may start exactly in this pointâ€¦ by the other hand Iâ€™ve learned that not understanding words itâ€™s not a limit to communication.
Sharing personal experiencesâ€¦
Banja Luka 1:40a.m.
I wait for a train to Sarajevo.
Itâ€™s cold, very cold. Itâ€™s raining for the past couple of days.
I say good bye to Branco (another chapter in this story) and go into the train with a few other men.
I walk through the wagon till I find a cabin with open curtains. The one I found itâ€™s totally emptyâ€¦ and very cold.
Iâ€™m very tired so I lay down.
Iâ€™m dressed with all my warm clothes, but Iâ€™m still shaking.
I cover myself with the raincoat of my backpack, but I still shake.
I try to sleep, but the most I can get is a sleepy stage.
I can hear the sound of some men laughing drunk next door.
I see the dark landscape.
I hear the sound of the train friction. Yes, I fell a bit scaredâ€¦
An old man in uniform say something in Serbian-crotioan. I donâ€™t understand the words but I can safely assume that heâ€™s asking for my ticket.
He gets my ticket and says something else that I donâ€™t understand.
I close my eyes again trying to go back to sleep. Iâ€™m shivering.
The man shows up again, grab one of my bags and make a gesture telling me to go with him.
He opens another cabin door. This one is empty as well, but itâ€™s very warm.
The kind man show up again saying something. All I could say was: â€œda. Hvalaâ€?. A few minutes latter he appears with a coffee with milk. Sit down in the seat in front of me, cross his legs, light up a cigarette and start talking to me.
Once more, I donâ€™t understand his works, but our conversation goes for 20 minutes and, beyond of the meaning of the words, the truth wish to know each other, whoâ€™s this unknown person who needed to be save and howâ€™s this unknown person who, dismissed of charge, help someone he never saw or will see again.
Unknown is the complexity of the human being.
How can we all be so dual?
Would this man be as kind as he was with me if I was a man? If I wear muslin clothes or if my backpack had a Croatian flag?Â Would he help me if he were in pain for some reason or if he had just lost someone he love? Would he help me if we sees me everyday? Is there a quote for kindness?
Besides of all the â€œifsâ€?, that day I was just a human being, and so was him, besides of labels or personal needs.
I wish I could thank him somehow but Iâ€™m sure life will take care of that.
Once upon a time I heard this very personal history and my soul became unquiet.
It was a story about a boy who was born in a country that suffers so many changes that his and his peopleâ€™s identity has become part of political games restricting their identities to land borders that are not there anymore. And they are there but different. No, sorry, not there, a bit further. A bit shorterâ€¦ and so onâ€¦
This is not a fairytale.
Itâ€™s a live history being knitted day by day for sensitive and kind hands that showed me the power of the human kind.
So I grabbed: my backpack, my camera and my curiosity and went towards the mysterious Balkans in a quite different experience than I have in my day by day.
Brazil is a country with a vast landscape surrounded by sea and a few borders far far away. Most of those borders are part of our economic union, Mercosul, what makes those borders more expanded. Thereâ€™s no much war in the history of my country (this is actually a point to be return because all of our internal problems, such as organized crime in Rio de Janeiro can make another point of view of that, but for now, a very brief point of comparison letâ€™s put that wayâ€¦). In fact, the nearest big conflict event I can report was in dictatorship time around 70ths which it not part of my generationâ€¦
To me, the main focus of those comparison thoughts is exactly this question of limited land borders which actually can lead us into a infinity of possible researchesâ€¦
But, this is a primary thought.
And I arrived to this land with a childâ€™s look: part innocent, part ignorant (in the meaning of not knowing the history for what books says) with the wish to understand a little who are those people. What I know about it itâ€™s what media showed me in short news about war and â€œeviltyâ€?, media showed me a people with no heart, and no comprehension of the â€œsuperiority point of view of the great western Europe-norht-amercian way of lifeâ€?.
Should I be scared of â€œthose peopleâ€?? I didnâ€™t know what I would find in my way, but I decided to see through my own eyes whatâ€™s going on in this part of the world, the same world I live, therefore, the same people I am.
I don’t have many hours recorded, but I met so many people in my way, so many stories, so many lives…
It was just me, a young little girls lost in the world and what happened is that the world took good care of me. I found hope. I found people with scars and smiles. I found a generation of people who are willing to restart and make it all different, seeing people the same.
What impulses my life is exactly that! The possibility to find where usually we donâ€™t expect a reason to believe world can change and be better to all of us.
This research starts here and the way will show me where it leadsâ€¦ a documentary? An interactive installation? Technologies are no more than a way to connect people and help in the world evolution including possibilities of education and exchangeâ€¦
What actually changes our lives itâ€™s the interchange between each personal history.
Millan Kundera (with The Unbearable Lightness of Being) makes me
understand how different we all can be… in a sad loneliness but also
tight in the life intersections) and Clarice Lispector makes me
believe in truth beyond the eyes, specially, beyond what the other expects of you.
This is just the sensitive of the beginâ€¦ shall the exchange begin!