Gusmão + Paiva’s cinematic oeuvre is developed in quasi-archaeological investigations into the areas of the beyond real, the phenomenal and the paranormal. The artists work at the borderlines of knowledge, challenging ordinary perceptions of the world and searching for the metaphysical dimensions of human beings. The obsolete and the enigmatic are considered as catalysts in this polyphonic, esoteric project. It is built from a maze of references, ranging from alchemy, occultism, positivistic experimentalism and speculative philosophy to the theater of the absurd and science fiction literature. Nietzsche, Jarry and Bergson contribute to this construction-site of myth and science. Gusmão + Paiva’s recent Abissology series refers to a non-existent science, as mentioned in René Daumal’s novel La Grand Beuverie (1938). Here the study of the abyss is conceived as part of the indiscernible or negative existence, which affirms the perceivable world. Gathered together under this label, short films, sculptures and installations narrate the mysteries and magic of nature, questioning all available epistemological systems and mechanism of perception. The artists’ contribution to Manifesta 7 includes a selection from the Abissology and Magnetic Effluvium films, from profound studies of illusion and deceit to an analysis of truth and potency. In The Solids Projector (or the Dream of a Rock) installation, an inverted camera obscura functions as a projector, further exploring the architectonics of vision and the intricacies of image production.
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