Time surrounds us; the current context strongly marks its presence. Cornered, bodies show the effects of isolation, as well as the movements of those who cannot stop. Exhausted bodies, in incessant struggle, confined at home, extending the workload, crushed on even more crowded public transport, without a roof, without a job or opportunity, bearing physical and psychological consequences. Time intensifies the unhealthy experience of the health crisis, but also the pre-existing differences, providing opportunities to come back to one self and try to be better for the other.
Thinking of time as a catalyst for new processes, the proposition Segundos Socorros (Seconds Aid) was conceived by seventeen artist-researchers. Designed as a take-away, the autonomous space Contemporão is open to the removal of box-kits containing the artists' proposals. Its concept refers to a collaborative creative process and the notion of multiples, works designed for series, shifting the artistic proposal from the single object to its varied multiplication.
Inserted in the boxes, the propositions focus questions about time in the current context and ask for actions to be performed in conditions, moments and spaces defined by the public-participant. Aware of the anguish intensified by the pandemic crisis, Minutos Socorros (Small Aid) dialogues with the kits, by proposing Contemporão as a point of donation of non-perishable food. With this, the work recongures itself at all times when dealing with the emptying and filling of the autonomous space, operating the dialogue between personal consumption and collective contribution.
The idea that the personal is collective is added here – the subjectivity of each participant will form a shared body of reactions and visualities resulting from the work. We live in a moment that demands participation, even if carried out at a distance. The creation of active powers within internal spaces and times and the ability to recognize oneself within a collective dynamic of actions are ways of living and resisting in the face of a process of exclusion typical of the neoliberal capitalist system.
Artists: Alberto Magno, Ariel Spadari, Bruna Mayer, Caique Costa, Carol Martins, Charly Osbourne, Chibueze Brito Obi, Juliana Lewkowicz, Luciana Magno, Maíra Vaz Valente, Marcelo Prudente, Mari Dagli, Mônica Ventura, Paulo Delgado, Pedro Palhares, Romeu Mizuguchi and Tulio Magno.
Exhibition held through the discipline Performance and Participatory Practices in Visual Arts, taught by Yiftah Peled and Hugo Fortes, from the Graduate Program in Visual Arts at ECA-USP.