to Jul 11 | ART EXHIBIT | A Failed Entertainment # 1: Mariana Gomes, Indução | Belém | FREE
Many people have picked up David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest but, alas, few have actually finished it because, much like the description for this event, it’s pretty long…
Nevertheless, the novel remains a major influence on people. Ana Anacleto is one of these people, and here’s what she says about her latest project:
“Failed Entertainment is a curatorial project developed in collaboration with MEEL Press and focused on the presentation of multiples of prints. Using the space of a door (which is also a window), the project presents a single work by a guest artist produced specifically for the proposed context.
The project’s name cites the working title that David Foster Wallace gave to his greatest novel, dating from 1996 (and whose official title is Infinite Jest). Using the natural slowdown and delay implied in the traditional engraving production processes and the complexity of the construction of the projects based on a careful and intense articulation between curator and artist, the A Failed Entertainment project seeks to position itself as if on the reverse of today, in this fold of the real that allows us to counter the trend of a world dominated by digital and obsessive pursuit of entertainment.
We are therefore interested in the deceptive assumption of failure, the frustration of expectations, the missed moment, the deconstruction of visual narratives, the denial of immediate perception, allowing the definition of a territory of fruition that is positioned spatially and temporally distant from the canon.”
And here’s what Ana says about the project’s first installment:
“Under the title Indução, Mariana Gomes invokes a territory of forms and references that are usually part of her creative universe, appropriating not exactly a pre-existing image, but a pre-existing idea: the possibility of creating portals for access to parallel universes. With a set of simple and quick gestures, assumed in her direct relationship with the copper matrix, Mariana mentions, on the one hand, the teleportation or dematerialization systems that we find in the literary and cinematographic universe of science fiction, and on the other the transmission and energy transformation processes typical of ancestral cosmogonies. The dense black, which we normally associate with the practice of engraving, presents itself as a fundamental element in the reading of the image and, in the unfolding of its various nuances.”
If you were able to finish reading this description, then this show might be for you.
P.S.: While you’re there, check out Paulo Arraiano’s semi-controversially titled show Inhale Exhale (self-breathing kit) too.