installation (2 projections 16mm, loop)
Colocar o olho de peixe · Portugal · 2012 · 2’30’’
Aqueles animais que, à distância, se assemelham a moscas · Portugal · 2012 · 2’05’’
Pão, chá e jogo do awalé · Quénia · 2011 · 2’27’’
Solar, o cego a comer uma papaia · Quénia · 2011 · 2’35’’
Sonho de uma raia · Portugal · 2011· 2’48’’
Burro · Quénia · 2011 · 2’



The Portuguese artists João Maria Gusmão (Lisbon, 1979) and Pedro Paiva (Lisbon 1978) have collaborated since 2001 on creating objects, installations, and 16 mm and 35 mm short films. The duo describe their overall project as a kind of “recreational metaphysics”, a genre that to a certain extent they themselves have re-invented following the Portuguese poet Alberto Caeiro (Fernando Pessoa) on his layered aesthetical experiment on materialism. The short films depict staged episodes in a series of pseudo-scientific experiments with both poetical and comical consequences. A key element in Gusmão and Paiva’s art is their fascination for what eludes our understanding and undermines the rational. In recent years Gusmão and Paiva’s production has centred more on the idea of movement as a phenomenon, both within the cinematographic vocabulary, with references to amongst others Edward Muybridge and Étienne-Jules Marey, and through the artists’ own practical experiments with movement in the pictorial plane. They have participated in several international biennales, during 2006, at the 27th São Paulo Biennale (Brazil); in 2007, at the 6th Mercosul Biennale, Porto Alegre (Brazil); in 2008, at Manifesta 7 (Italy); in 2009 they represented Portugal in the 53rd Venice Biennale; in 2010 the 8th Gwangju Biennale (South Korea). From the several solo show they have done so far we can stand out the following ones from recent years: in 2011, “Alien Theory”, at Frac Île-de-France, Le Plateau (Paris), “There’s nothing more to tell because this is small, as is every fecundation ", at Museo Marino Marini (Florence) and “Tem gwef tem gwef dr rr rr” at Kunsthalle Dusseldorf; in 2010, “On the Movement of the Fried Egg and Other Astronomical Bodies”, at Ikon Gallery (Birmingham); in 2008, “Horizonte de Acontecimientos” in Photoespanha (Madrid); and, at last, the exhibition “Abissologia: para uma ciência transitória do indiscernível”, in the Cordoaria Nacional, a partnership between ZDB and City Council, in Lisbon.

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