Ricardo Basbaum (BR)
Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brasil / Faculdade Santa Marcelina, FASM, São Paulo, Brasil
Artist, theorist, writer. He holds an MA in Fine Arts, University of London. He is now a professor at the University of the State of Rio de Janeiro and at the Faculty of Santa Marcelina; a member at the editorial group Concinnitas (UERJ) and at the magazine of Faculty of Santa Marcelina. Last publications include: BASBAUM, R. . Would you like to participate in an artistic experience?. maHKUzine: Journal of Artistic Research, v. 7, p. 36-39, 2009; BASBAUM, R. . Me-You + System-Cinema + Passageway (NBP). In: Annete Balkema; Li Ning; Xiang Liping. (Org.). The Shanghai Papers. 1ª ed. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2008, v. , p. 12-14. Recent exhibitions: Brazil Contemporary", Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Monument to Transformation, City Gallery Prague, Praga, Czech Republic.
The presentation will be organized as a commentary based on the works which compose the installation membranosa-entre (NBP), exhibited in 2009. In this project, it is possible to locate the main topics that I have been working with throughout the last years, which delineate my practice: the relationship between words and images; the construction of elements in architectonic scale that establish a direct contact with the spectator’s body; the image of the artist beyond the mere producer of artworks. Also, the work points towards certain discussions related to conceptualism and experimentalism, in terms of an investigation of the limits of contemporary art in the frame of the XXI century’s new economy of culture. One important element of such investigation is the notion of “organic line”, proposed by Lygia Clark in 1954; it is reaccessed here as “membrane”, structure for mediation and contact production.