ECLUSA / Sandra Lapage / Carlos Pileggi
      The Purge

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An escape from São Paulo, breaking from the strict quarantine in a small apartment. It felt like a blessing to just see some open landscape. As we could freely walk around, we found a natural water fountain and a sanctuary with religious connotations by its side. People would leave thankful copper plates or small religious gifts for something they felt thankful for. I am always weary of catholic symbols, but here they were mixed with other ones, illustrating the beauty of Brazilian syncretism.
Sadly, when we stopped by the same spot the next day, there had just been a “clean up” that not only removed stains and a certain messiness that gave the whole thing its charm, but also expressions others than the catholic ones: and that is also Brazil, Bolsonaro’s Brazil, a country of bigots, racists, misogynists. The pandemic doesn’t seem to change the rooted intolerance which seems intimately connected to the origins of new pandemics.

The future never comes

Part 1 Video 1370×1024 2’35”

This series of videos work as a pause, during the pandemic, to look at our ow country and its struggles as it fails miserably, as in other domains, to deal with the sanitary crisis. As visual artists, we have always kept a melancholic relationship to the modern Brazilian architecture movement. A symbol of the years predating the industrial boom in the 1950’s, Brazilian modernist architecture is a beautiful, promising, utopian and futuristic concrete-based display of architectural beauty and engineering marvel. Today, it stands, in its many public palaces, as a symbol of a future that never came and sadly seems to never come, as Brazil continuously stumbles on its recurring mistakes, politically, ethically and morally. In these videos, we aim at showing some of the beautiful curves, pilotis and other characteristics of modernist architecture, sometimes in contrast to a state of decay.

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The future never comes

Ewa Surowiec

Self – Quarantine Exercises / full HD , sound, color , 2020
Made during self-qurantine in August 2020. It’s a  simplified choreograhical improvisation. How physical interaction with space and time during isolation in the  minimal environment affects our mind.

Ewa Surowiec in collaboration with Michał Nogala

Pandemic.(Schrödinger cats)

experimental film  / Full HD,  3min, loop, sound, color, PAL, 2020

                          photography and sound, editing : Michał Nogala

                          scenography: Michał Nogala 

                          performed by  Ewa Surowiec

                         directed by Michał Nogala and Ewa Surowiec

                          idea and screenplay : Ewa Surowiec

based on 3 random, privat chat conversations during lockdown

                          production : Ewa Surowiec

                          copyright: Ewa Surowiec

  Gosia Wojas

“I sometimes think my friends are the robots”, Chatbot, 2021

Chatbot design is based on algorithm from 1966 called Eliza. Eliza is a computer program based on the Roger’s psychotherapy model. It uses empathy, compassion and unconditional positive respect.

Viktor Witkowski in collaboration with Katie Zazensky

THE TWINS (Rise and Fall)

experimental film

In 1976, Western Electric – the primary supplier of AT&T from 1881 to 1996 – produced a commercial detailing its work during the construction of the Twin Towers in Lower Manhattan. The 4-minute commercial, simply titled “The Twins”, covers the entire construction phase of the World Trade Center with a focus on the installation of its elaborate phone system. According to the narrator of the original commercial, the main goal was to connect the approximately 400 companies housed in the World Trade Center with the world of commerce via telecommunication. Toward the end of the clip, the narrator expresses hope that the World Trade Center might promote “better understanding among people.” For this experimental video, I contrast the original commercial with rare footage of the clean-up efforts at Ground Zero from September 2001 to May 2002. The split screen throughout the video tells a story of the various kinds of labor that surround the rise and fall of the Twin Towers: first the construction of the towers and then the clean-up following the terror attacks. Even though the attack on the towers was one of the most widely covered events in televised history, the removal of 1.8 million tons of debris with the help of first responders, specialists and volunteers received much less attention. Footage of the clean-up at Ground Zero shows how much of the work in the first few months consisted of hundreds of volunteers equipped with buckets and often sifting through debris by hand. Nearly two decades after the terror attacks, about 10,000 rescue/recovery workers have been diagnosed with cancer while “more than 43,000 people have been certified with a 9/11 related health condition” (THE GUARDIAN, September 2018). Even though the terror attacks of 9/11 are long behind us, they continue to claim lives with many of those affected struggling to pay their medical bills.

Martyna Szczesna / Julian Gilbert Davis

STP Big Empty, time based medium, 2021

Jarema Drogowski

“HUG” time based media, 0,40 min, 2021

Leticia Maria in collaboration with Philip Varenz

ESPOSA videoperformance, 2021 / music by Philip Varenz