Papel de Parede
curated by João Pinharanda
Centro de Arte de S. João da Madeira
S. João da Madeira, Portugal
exhibited works: Your Mission is a Failure video/installation
Galeria Monumental booth
August 21 > 27, 1997
Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
exhibited works: 2 images on lightboxes untitled (arrival), and untitled (mosquito), 1997
untitled (arrival), and untitled (mosquito)
2 images on lightboxes, 1997
Duratrans on lightbox, 30×40x16 cm each
Paisagem Económica Urbana
curated by Paulo Mendes
June 07 > July 12, 1997
Galeria Graça Fonseca
exhibited works: Bebiguia (Drink’n'Drive) video/installation
1997, video projection, Martini Bianco, glass, olive
made for Paisagem Económica Urbana, Galeria Graça Fonseca, Lisbon
Rank Xerox project, for Promontório Arquitectos.
A building reacting to sound.
May 09 > 31, 1997
Sala do Veado, Museu Nacional de História Natural
exhibited work: Heaven’s Gate
air extractors, satin, sneakers, 2 doors, motion detector , walkman, speakers, motorized projector (JBSystems Techno).
made for Jamba, Sala do Veado, Museu Nacional de História Natural, Lisbon
Heaven’s Gate 1997 Heaven’s Gate was made as a reaction to the mass suicide of the Heaven’s Gate cult members in the Santa Fe Ranch, San Diego, California, on March 26th, 1997.
The members believed they would take a ride on a spaceship that was coming right behind the passing-by Hale-Bopp comet. The spaceship would transport them into another planet.
The bodies were found with ready-to-go packed luggage. But what intrigued me was that all the corpses were covered with sheets of purple satin fabric, and were wearing the same model of Nike sneakers (the “Just do it!” brand).
In the Heaven’s Gate installation, I tried to re-create the moment in which the bodies are teleported to the spaceship. Two air extractors with motion detectors give the effect of disappearing bodies by inflating and de-inflating the two satin sheets. Due to the East Timor issues, Portugal was not importing “Made in Indonesia” products at the time, so I was not able to get the Nike sneakers. Instead, I bought two pairs made in the north of Portugal, that imitated Adidas (the stripes) and with a puma printed i n the back. Two light-gray doors (gates) were used as beds.
Heaven’s Gate cult, Santa Fe Ranch, San Diego. Dead cult members and an image found on the internet.
OTHER VERSIONS of Heaven’s Gate were made:
1998 >version 2 at Heaven’s Gate – Project Room, ARCO’98, Parque Ferial Juan Carlos I, Madrid
2001 > version 3 at 321m2, CAPC, Coimbra, Portugal
cover, graphic design, some images inside
Mediações – Inter@ctividades
Conferência Internacional sobre Tecnologias e Mediação – ICTM’97
curated by Isabel Carlos and Maria Teresa Cruz
March 28 > April 20, 1997
exhibited works: Your Mission is a Failure (ICTM97 edit)