Âmago, by Susana Costa
CIAC RESEARCHERS VIDEO WORK EXHIBITED AT ‘THINKING MEDIA V’ IN SOUTH KOREA
Two video artworks, created by CIAC researchers Bruno Mendes da Silva and Susana Costa, will be exhibited at Thinking MEDIA V. The event takes place at Incheon National University (South Korea) from 24 November to 7 December 2022. CIAC’s participation came by invitation and will be the kickstart for future collaborations with the South Korean university.
Susana Costa presents her video artwork Âmago, a self-portrait that reflects a physical and emotional journey: cultural, psychogeographic, and aesthetic origins and adventures. Âmago is a journey to the core, to the inland, summoning depth and vitality, emotions and feelings, portrayed in this video through the metaphor of the self. The word “Âmago” (core) is also sometimes used as a synonym for uterus, womb, essence, as a metaphor of the idea of birth and rebirths of waking up each day. Echoing some tradition in video art, we unite, in this video, the body and the machine. By combining performance with video, we try to create an aesthetic experience, through technology, that goes beyond the registration of an ephemeral situation. The author is registered, transforming his body into an artistic object, in a sequence shot with a static camera, bringing together layers of meaning from different times in a single space, worked on in post-production at the level of speed.
Core Reflex, by Bruno Mendes da Silva
Bruno Mendes da Silva premiers in this exhibition his video Core Reflex. This artwork is intended as a direct response to the video Âmago. A reflex. Core Reflex is a self-portrait that is a reflection of a self-portrait. The self-portrait is assumed as a representation of individuality, through the expression of the sense of self that is, however, changeable according to biographical experiences, and gathering influences from the history of cinema and video art.
Thinking MEDIA V is the 5th edition of the exhibition, which has the goal to introduce contemporary art practitioners who explore digital media for their own creative expression, engaging with own subjects of their personal interest. Thinking MEDIA, as the name suggests, intends to respect each artists’ own creative world and practices and then try to find possible and potential connections among the participating artists and their artworks. Most works are single-channel videos, and some photography/Digital imagery pieces are presented through projection format.