Vera Cortês Art Agency is proud to present 333 parts and 37 seconds, Ricardo Jacinto’s newest solo show in Lisbon.
The artist’s research, both artistic and academic, has been focused on the relationship between free improvisation and the concept of site-specificity. Considering the fertile intersection between music and the visual arts, his investigation also focuses on how these intersections are materialized in the creation of specific communities, which are specific to these kind of interdisciplinary and experimental practices.
The exhibition 333 parts and 37 seconds translates these concerns—which shape Jacinto’s artistic practice—into an exhibition context through the presentation of a new installation, which givesv its title to the show. A piece comprising several interconnected elements occupying the different rooms of the exhibition space, and in which one can glimpse a narrative linearity, this project can be understood as the development and the articulation of an idea, an analysis, and not just as the mere description of a process or procedure (synthesis). The title collaborates in the suggestion of separate temporal and spatial dimensions, which are precisely the two main elements in the articulation of this idea.
Using a set of instructions, a music score describing the process of transformation of a cello (a musical instrument that has been at the center of the artist’s practice) as it is subjected to extreme force, 333 elements of obvious origins and with different shapes and sizes, clearly and methodically presented on six tables, and a 37 second audio recording, played in loop in a multichannel system, Jacinto suggests a route that is both conceptual and narrative, presenting the final solo of a cello, the exact moment in which the instrument’s body is transformed and ceases to be a body. This piece is not so much about the dematerialization of the object as it is about its transformation from body to landscape, about its existence as an acoustic horizon the spectator has access to.