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Video Brasil Conference: Gambiarra: ‘Making Do’, the Brazilian Way

This discussion looks at the rise of video art in Brazil and more specifically ‘Gambiarra', a particularly Brazilian attitude to improvisation when materials are not available.


Taking as a starting point the rise in video art in Brazil as both an important tool in tackling national political issues and attracting international attention at festivals and biennales, these discussion sessions address the increasing mobility of artists; the impact of residencies on their surroundings; the collaboration between art and sociopolitical subcultures; the importance of sustainability for artistic practice; and the business of producing and distributing new media. The key concept for the debates is ‘Gambiarra’: a Portuguese word that conjures up images of clandestine electricity hook-ups in shanty towns, but also describes a particularly Brazilian attitude to improvisation when materials are not available. This sense of the term has great symbolic value in Brazil and its wider significance has not been lost on the visual art scene. Followed by the launch of the magazine, Caderno Videobrasil – Art Mobility Sustainability.
Speakers include: from Brazil: writer Daniel Lima and Helio Hara, editor Caderno Videobrasil 02 - Art Mobility Sustainability. Plus Robert Loder founding director, Triangle Arts Trust.
Each film prog £5/£4 concs/£3 members - Conference £10/£9 concs/£8 members
All-day TKt £15/£13 concs/£11 members - see website for full film programme details


Speaker(s):

Daniel Lima | talks
Helio Hara | talks
Robert Loda | talks

 

Date and Time:

28 April 2007 at 7:00 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
The Mall
London
SW1Y 5AH
+44 20 79 30 36 47
http://www.ica.org.uk/

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Tickets:

Each film prog £5/£4 concs/£3 members - Conference £10/£9 concs/£8 members

Available from:

ICA Box Office 020 7930 3647

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