João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva: Lua Cão



• English, Softcover
 208 pages
• 29.7 x 21.2 cm

• Published by Roma Publication, 2018


João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva: Lua Cão recounts the endless encounters of Tom, an avid image consumer, and Jerry, a zealous projectionist. The texts were written by 10 hands typing between Munich and Lisbon. The order of these texts was inspired by a self-prescribed-therapy described by the artist Habima Fuchs at Kunstverein München, during the installation of Lua Cão - an immersive moving-image experiment in which a projectionist arranges 20 films and videos by Alexandre Estrela and João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva in five 15- minute constellations, according to a four-hour technical script.

Following Fuchs' method, each English text was printed on a sheet of A4 paper, which was then marked with an arrow, pointing up, down, right, or left. These loose pages were then thrown from a second floor balcony by 5 of the 10 hands, which followed the arrows to ensure that the final order in which the texts appear was determined by chance. This order was then interrupted, every 16 pages, by a series of ten collages that Estrela and Gusmão & Paiva produced collaboratively by superimposing still images from the videos and analog films comprising the exhibition.

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João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva

João Maria Gusmão + Pedro Paiva

João Maria Gusmão (b. 1979 in Lisbon) and Pedro Paiva (b. 177 in Lisbon) have collaborated from 2001 till 2018 to produce films, objects, photographs, installations, and publications that question the boundaries of perception and address paradoxical situations within existential metaphysics. Subsequently, João Maria Gusmão has continued on his own to create a multidisciplinary body of work that is at once humorous, enigmatic, and absurd, containing references to literature and philosophy, yet primarily drawing attention to questions of reality and its representation. The artist lives in Lisbon.