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Notes IOs Baldessari

Notes iOS
Imitate Baldessari in actions
and speech - 2018

Digital print and Typography.
50 copies were made, each one duly signed and numbered.
Published by Oficina do Cego

Twenty years later,
he internet is mainstream.

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9:11am - 2018

with Ana Teresa Vicente
(handmade book) Digital print
with thermochromic ink.
15 copies were made, each one duly signed and numbered.

9:11am has as a point of departure a video produced by an alleged American couple, Bob & Bri, entitled “What we saw,” and reportedly captured during the attack on the Twin Towers in New York on 9/11/01. Each page corresponds to a second of the collapse of one of the towers, the entirety of its pages are covered with thermochromic ink. Resembling Kubrick's impenetrable monolith, the book's contents can only be seen by revealing the printed images through the use of a heat source.

At the end of the year 2000, news agencies from around the world
began to spread an unusual image –– unusual in that it showed a work of art from a country like Afghanistan: the Buddhas of Bamiyan. Usually coverage of this sort would reach, at most, brief mention in the cultural news section. International policy alarms were sounded instead when the Buddhas received prominent attention. In February 2001, the effigies were finally destroyed. When in September of the same year, another pair of gigantic cultural icons
were destroyed in NY, a symbolic representation of the enemy was already established. This order of the facts always seemed suspicious.

Alexander Medvedkin, in a film produced during the Soviet Revolution, used a train that moves forward in our direction to suggest the unstoppable momentum of that new era. Thus far, it was only a metaphor that connected the train to progress and the cinema to the train in our symbolic world. The chimney of this train, however, did not emanate smoke, but fire. And of fire and smoke, it's not a threat, fire is the suspect.

That's how the sign works. The sign is first and foremost, in its materiality, a signifier. The signifier "fire" doesn't mean the same thing in a forest fire in rural Portugal, on an ATM in Paris, or in a shopping mall in Los Angeles. The advantage of art is to work with the materiality of the signs before their meanings are solidified.

Thus we let the fuse follow its course and suspicion infect the air.
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