give instructions to a machine to do something.

and from the roughness, basicness, of what machine performs to us, it shows us, by contrast, what we are — organic, complex, subjective.




“construindo discursos”, meus
digo isso olhando blog, e pensando como o que coloquei há 3 anos pode ser re-arrumado,
(rearrumação de minha produção e/ou de produção de outros e /ou do mundo)
constante re-pensar. como o caderno que g. meu amigo nao se importa de continuar depois de 5 anos,
ou um desenho que g. meu amigo nao se importa de continuar depois de 3 anos, numa pagina antiga
de um caderno antigo

difference between design and art 1 – authorship

in my design work i’m normally not the initiator of the assignment. i interpret visually someone else’s message. in my design work am i an author? yes

in the art work i am an author as well.

to be author means to create a text
this text can be a narrative
it can be script for an artwork
in this definition in the design work i am not an author in that sense.

to be an author can also be an editor
which means to use the tools to arrange pre-existing information.
i like the idea of editing
what’s already there
editing the surrounding world.
what someone else said
in this definition in the design work i am an author in that sense.


the day before yesterday I was with the flu. fever, tired body. slept bad, with alucinations.

next day, after sleeping until 15:00, i was almost recovered.
i felt as if resurfacing on the other side.

the sickness was some kind of death

sickness as the dark side (concept by Susan Sontag, ‘sickness as a metaphor’ and taken further in The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography by Siddhartha Mukherjee.)

what made me think of the fact that a lot of people in the weekend drink and get drugged like crazy, and then stay hung-over for a day.
to die a bit. to get out of their bodies. to experience some kind of physical limitation, pain.

Joseph Campbell in the Power of the Myth talks about this, about the reason why teenagers take drugs: due to a lack of a mystical experience in the current times/society.

and performance artists. and rituals. seems it comes all from the same need (although with VERY different forms and implications)

in the movie Shame, the last addictive trip of the character is like this, from one dose to the other, gradually more extreme, and self-destructive.

[ it is good to know how my thoughts relate to world, to people around me. But still…. despite generalizations, assumptions, i can still only talk and deal with myself. ]

Cannibalism as a start

I started my research inspired by an early XX century brazilian artistic movement. It was called Anthropophagism (synonym for cannibalism).

It is basis is the act of appropriation.

The projects I envisioned were related to the use of computers to cannibalize current social, artistic and political issues. In other words, to automate the process of finding and rearranging information. The works would explore the potential of the performative live context.

I produced some experiments in this direction (ex: ‘Movie Parser’, 2010).

By going further on my research, and reflecting on my creative process,i understood better what actually interested me in this process of cannibalizing or appropriating.

Appropriation means to put things in a new context. To translate (and to deal with the distortion that the translation produces). The tools we use to represent and capture the world are appropriation devices. For instance, after we shoot a photograph we place the subject in a new medium. We take what is public and place it in our own representation space. By making it ours, we can relate to it and try to understand it.

These translations actions over an object often don’t happen only once. It’s a repetitive process. Therefore, the concept of recursiveness is important for me.

art and myths of creation

nota confusa reading Herói de Mil Faces

In most of mythologies, the images of misericordia e bless are as vivid as those of justice and wrath, keeping therefore the balance.

I think: all that is created will be destroyed. so there is not so much a goal with the creation itself (in the long term). why then? for the movement itself. create to create. for me this is similar to art.

linguagem verbal me acalma

segunda de manhã, meio perdido dentro de tudo que posso fazer e sem saber o que realmente quero. dai comecei a escrever, as memorias sobre meu pai. eu tinha um canal pra organizar minha cabeça as vezes bagunçada.

por outro lado, as vezes me faz muito bem perambular pelo mundo não-verbal, por exemplo da música, ou dança, — Joel Ryan disse que tem o mesmo tipo de preferência

fantasy of making all

i make and build by pieces and construct (aesthetically but probably also conceptually) because this is how i look at things and internalize them.

making as a way to internalize.

tools as ways to see, hear, feel.

therefore i have a fantasy: to be able to re make the reality that surrounds me. from nature, to objects, to people’s inner worlds. since i can’t, i often read about things and make effort to make them mine.


the conversion of something from one form or medium into another : the translation of research findings into clinical practice.

formal or technical the process of moving something from one place to another : the translation of the relics of St. Thomas of Canterbury.

[from mac os dictionary]


Translators always risk inappropriate spill-over of source-language idiom and usage into the target-language translation. On the other hand, spill-overs have imported useful source-language calques and loanwords that have enriched the target languages.

The word translation derives from the Latin translatio (which itself comes from trans- and fero, together meaning “to carry across” or “to bring across”). The Germanic (except Dutch) and Slavic languages likewise use calques based on these Latin sources.

the translation of the Bible into English: rendition, rendering, conversion; transcription, transliteration.

[thesaurus mac os]

cannibalism and collage

i think i can claim that a piece of mine (such as Auto-timer performance) has a cannibalistic approach (or appropriative nature, in other words) in it, if we agree with David Hockney that this piece of Van Eyck relies in collage as much as his own Pearblossom Highway does.


Appropriation may be thought of as one of the placement of elements in new context. In the visual arts, to appropriate means to adopt, borrow, recycle or sample aspects (or the entire form) of man-made visual culture. Art practices involve the ‘appropriation’ of ideas, symbols, artefacts, image, sound, objects, forms or styles from other cultures, from art history, from popular culture or other aspects of man made visual or non visual culture. Inherent in the process of appropriation is the fact that the new work recontextualizes whatever it borrows to create the new work. In most cases the original ‘thing’ remains accessible as the original, without change. [from wikipedia]

The brazilian anthropophagic movement was political and social. But I have the feeling that every act of appropriation will be political, because appropriation in art, culture studies, sociology, economy or any other field has a brutality and reminds us of human movements based on power relations.

about tools

leap frog: stick to one tool or set of tools for 3 years. because now there are too much money and resources and these make you keep changing tools and therefore solving technical problems instead of creative ones. stick to tools, create your own libraries and keep using them, as a language or toolbox.

tools are biased. to know a couple of different ones you become aware of these differences.

poeme numerique, baltan laboratories, david rokeby

smiling and enjoying your work as an artist

when you doesn’t smile after an artistic performance, you deprive the right of the audience to enjoy it. it is the responsibility of the artist to allow people to enjoy the work. avantagarde/edgy work can possibly make people feel they don’t quite understand it. by smiling, you help them. also often the artist doesn’t really know what is his work, so he should open it to people.

poeme numerique, baltan laboratories, david rokeby