Collection Title: Hemispheric Institute Encuentro:CITIES | BODIES | ACTION : The politics of passion in the Americas(8th : 2013 : São Paulo, Brazil).
Title: Cegos Blind
Alternate Title: Blind
Date: 2013 Jan. 12
Location: Performed at the Sesc Vila Mariana - Praça Externa, São Paulo, Brazil, on January 12, 2013.
Work Type: Street performance, Intervention, Performance
Victor Bautista, video editor.
Desvio Coletivo and Coletivo Pi, performers.
Run-time (hh:mm:ss): 00:04:06
Language: No dialogue.
Synopsis: 'Cegos,' by Desvio Coletivo and Coletivo Pi, was presented as a part of the 8th International Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. This Encuentro was held in January of 2013 - the year of Hemi’s 15th anniversary - in São Paulo, Brazil, under the title CITIES | BODIES | ACTION: The Politics of Passion in the Americas. This event brought together activism, scholarship, and art towards the exploration of urban sites as areas of coexistence, conflict, and collaboration. From the critical poetics of body art to the occupation of public space by social movements, the event invited participants to explore the borders, identities and practices through which subjectivities, hegemonies and counter-hegemonies are constructed in the spaces of the city and beyond. The vast array of performances, exhibits, roundtables, workshops, lectures and work groups of this Encuentro were particularly interested in the ways in which bodies both interpellate and are interpellated, mobilize and are mobilized, by and around the diverse and complex ‘passions’ that are so defining of our globalized and mediatized present - fear, hatred, disenchantment, hope and faith, among others.Dozens of male and female executives, dressed in business attire, carrying suitcases, bags, cell phones and documents, covered in mud, blindfolded, walk very slowly, blending in with passers-by, destabilizing the daily flow of the city’s financial and political center. Blind seeks to politically intervene in the city and provoke different readings.Marcos Bulhões is a director, researcher and professor of Theatre and Performance, focusing on methodological approaches to creation and training in contemporary stagecraft. Currently vice-coordinator of the Graduate Program of Theatre Arts at the School of Arts and Communication at USP, directing research in pedagogy of Theatre and Performance. He is also editor of the journal Sala Preta.Marcelo Denny, PhD, is a professor, visual artist, set designer and make-up designer. He teaches in the Department of Theatre Arts at the ECA-USP in the disciplines of ‘Make-Up and Characterization’ and ‘Performative Practices II’” as well as in ECA-USP’s Graduate Program, researching the uses of technology in contemporary theatre.Desvio Coletivo is a network of performance artists that explore the boundaries between theater, performance, dance, and visual and technological arts. The project aims to create multimedia relational spectacles, installations, site specific art, happenings, urban performances, Internet actions, and videographic experiments. Coletivo Pi is a group that works with theater and ‘intervention art.’ Pi is the symbol linked to circularity, to any spherical symmetry. We chose the circle as the most democratic form of distribution of people in the space. Everyone has the same position, everyone can see each other.
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