At Frieze New York 2019, Galeria Jaqueline Martins presents “systema-cinema: ecstasy & exercise”, an installation by Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum that will exist at two places at once: in our booth inside Frieze and at a private residence in São Paulo, Brazil.
At Frieze New York 2019, Galeria Jaqueline Martins presents “systema-cinema: ecstasy & exercise”, an installation by Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum that will exist at two places at once: in our booth inside Frieze and at a private residence in São Paulo, Brazil. A closed-circuit video camera system captures images from the booth installation and from a private dwelling in São Paulo, transmitting them in real time from one place to another. The framing of the cameras do not show the totality of these places, instead they do a close-up on a group of objects, which is duplicated and placed in both of the spaces. Each of the sets consists of a silicone sculpture, a series of printed writings and a notepad where new elements can be transcribed. Both the users of the domestic space and of the booth are invited to exercise themselves from the handling of these objects, an action that is filmed and transmitted between spaces. Both sculptures are exactly alike, their forms are familiar and somehow close to the body, but do not directly refer to anything known; they also have a strong tactile appeal that is evidenced by their materiality, inciting touch. Both the individuals at home and the public at the fair are invited to freely manipulate the pieces, an action that is captured by the cameras and transmitted live to the other space. In this way, handling the object becomes a performative act in relation to a distant recipient or audience, accompanied by the voyeuristic possibility of observing the action performed at the other location. The transmitted images not only generate a tension between the one who “sees” and the one “being-seen”, the “I” and the “other,” but also intersect two apparently opposing spheres: the private one of the domestic space and the (semi)public sphere of the art fair. The dichotomy between public and private is further underlined by the conditions of circulation between both places: only video transmission is possible, with no physical contact between the two.