And in the end…

Thesethose - installation view at The Mattress Factory

After months of deep engagement with this project, the installation is now on show at The Mattress Factory. Thesethose is finally there, inhabiting one of the 4th floor galleries.

Sometimes people ask me about my creative process – questions like if I start with the video or with the body of the work, how decisions are made, etc. I always tell people that there is no rule and for each different project I experience a unique process. With Thesethose, it wasn’t different. It was the first time that I had left all decisions concerning the “body” to be taken in situ, during my stay in Pittsburgh. Risky, but surely this was one of the reasons I enjoyed doing this project so much.

Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without my engineer, Antonio Moutinho, and The Mattress Factory great team.

Thanks to you all!

Photos and a video of Thesethose can be seen in my website:

marianamanhaes.com

The exhibition at The Mattress Factory will be on until May 2012.

Packing up

As we decided to prepare most of the circuits and motors here in Brazil (or the “brains”, as we are calling them), we are now packing up everything to be shipped to Pittsburgh hopefully next Monday Tuesday.

So, what we are doing now is to organize everything, checking carefully if there’s something missing. What you can see in the pictures bellow are some wind blowers, circuits, motors… brain stuff.

Window #1

A few weeks ago I told you I was planning to do something with the three windows in the exhibition room. Well, I’m going to use my house’s architecture to be part of my work. This will create a dialogue between my windows and the ones in the room.

Today I started capturing their images with my video camera. This process is very clumsy, because I don’t worry about making digital effects or so. When recording a video, I normally use strings or my own hands to move things.

Next step: to record my voice and start editing the animation videos.

Window #1

Introducing: my hand.

Rainy day

Today is a cold and rainy day in Rio, so I’m taking the opportunity to stay at home and work on the sketches. This is going to be a hard working week and I want to have the whole idea for the work figured out by friday.

Here are some pictures of the studio today.

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Note: having a blog might be a new task for myself, but I know many artists who also find this the best way to keep everyone updated about what’s going on. Here are two of them I’d like to recommend:

Lucas Bambozzi

Marcelo Moscheta

Drawings

A big work that is going to an exhibition next October is practically finished and now I will (finally!) be able to dedicate myself to the MF project. Actually, I’ve got a pretty good idea of what I’m going to do… just have to sketch ideas up and start building a prototype.

I will definitely use the windows, but I have to work that out a little bit.  It’s more like the “idea of windows”. I’ll do another post on this subject later on.

Sketches I'm working on.

This is one of the sketches I’m working on. Drawing is very important to my process and I use to call these drawings Syntaxes, because they are like arranged ideas that make sense when put together. Like in linguistics.

The detail bellow shows some of the equipment I’m planning to use in the project: electric fans.

Electric fans.