Cinthia Marcelle is developing an installation for the Foyer Space as part of her TrAIN residency at Gasworks London. The recent video Buraco Negro (Black Hole) will be brought together with works made in situ, in an exhibition curated by TrAIN Research Fellow, Isobel Whitelegg.
A collaboration between Marcelle and cinema director Tiago Mata Machado, Buraco Negro tracks the movement of white powder across a black surface as it is displaced by exhalations of air. The off-camera sound – an intimate exchange of breaths – contrasts with patterns that resemble cosmological scale constellations. The interplay between concentration and distribution is a consistent motif in Marcelle’s work, and her interest in the force of simultaneous action is explored in an ongoing series entitled Unus Mundus. In this series she collects together individual things and people according to singular qualities, types, or behaviors, and orchestrates collective coincidences. These have included eight identical white vans driving around the same square, and seven similarly dressed couples kissing. These contrived accumulations reveal a density – an act that Marcelle refers to as ‘bringing the margins to the centre’. They are situations that are apparently absurd, but they also invite a speculative view of day-to-day life as a series of undiscovered coincidences – or simultaneous acts occurring in separate spaces, within one moment of time. Marcelle’s video work often conveys this imaginary perspective of a world viewed from above, allowing action to be read as image, and pointing to an inextricable link between the localized and the shared. A play between scale and association is continued in Marcelle’s occupation of physical spaces and her use of particular objects and colours. The two new works produced for this show address its location within a school of art. They use specific objects and materials to draw a connection from the experience accumulated by one place to a widely scattered world of learning – the anecdotes, things and encounters that circumscribe a shared sphere between play and profession.
International residencies raise specific questions for individual artists, and wider issues regarding how both local and international contexts are negotiated in practice.
Each year, TrAIN collaborates with Gasworks International Residency Programme to offer a fully funded three month practice-based research fellowship for an artist not based in the UK.
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Resident Artist - TrAIN/Gasworks 2008/09
Marcelle’s practice extends from drawing and collage to city-scale interventions that are replayed as video or photography. In ‘Confronto’ (2005) for example, she arranged a street performance involving a group of the fire-jugglers who entertain cars waiting at red traffic lights; instead of moving aside when the lights turn green, the jugglers here stay in the middle of the road, increasing in number and persistently blocking the flow of traffic.
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