Re: [-empyre-] GIA Grupo de Interferência Ambiental from Salvador ?

naxsmash naxsmash at
Thu May 8 06:39:52 EST 2008

hi Gisele!

So I am trying to read the Portuguese here-- and it looks like  this  
is a journalistic review which describes an action/festival by Grupo  
GIA in parallel to/ next to ARCO this year-- which the journalist says  
is / was more important than ARCO.  Can you give us a quick general  
translation (summary is fine)?
This is really interesting. ..

"Pela primeira vez, um artista ocupou os espaços públicos do maior  
museu de arte contemporânea da cidade, no total nove intervenções. "O  
Brasil estava melhor fora da Arco", disse o curador Márcio Doctors.  
Uma das ações com melhor repercussão para a cena artística nacional  
foi o encontro de coletivos, coordenado pelo Centro Cultural de  
Espanha em São Paulo, no Matadero Madri. "Nós nunca tivemos um  
encontro desse tipo no Brasil", disse Carol Valansi, do coletivo  
carioca Opavivará. O encontro reuniu grupos espanhóis e brasileiros,  
entre eles o Laranjas, de Porto Alegre, e Gia, da Bahia. O Matadero é  
um local de práticas experimentais, recentemente aberto, no antigo  
frigorífico da cidade."

meaning- that the artists and their asociated curators (Marcio?) have  
created something that is beyond an 'intervention' into the collector- 
driven museum world -- ? was this something that ARCO resisted, or co- 
sponsored, or?

It looks like a very interesting clash / meld of several different  
poltiical cultures at once.

Hope you can help me out a bit?


On May 7, 2008, at 1:24 PM, giselle beiguelman wrote:

> Grupo GIA works reflect one of Helio Oiticia main statements: "The  
> Musuem is the World".
> The collective has been developing their projects since 2002, using  
> alternative media systems and circuits in different urban situations.
> The group members are:
> Cristiano Piton, Everton Marcos Santos, Ludmila Britto, Mark dayves,  
> Pedro Marighella and Tiago Ribeiro.
> One of my favorite projects is the actions "balloons".
> In 2003, in the beginning of the Iraq war, they distributed from a  
> high building in Salvador, colored balloons with small tags attached  
> with messages like: and if it were a chemical weapon? this could be  
> terrorism. they repeated the action in 2005 in São Paulo, at Fiat  
> Mostra Brasil, in conjuntion of a set of other actions (like row --  
> that just form unnecessary lines in front of some place questioning  
> the formal/authoritarian and bureaucratic organization of public  
> spaces in Brazil).
> 2008/5/7 naxsmash <naxsmash at>:
> hola todos
> This just in from e-flux,
> "In February 2008, five artists and artist groups from all over the  
> world were nominated in Cologne by an international group of experts  
> for the fourth International Nam June Paik Award donated by the  
> Kunststiftung NRW (Arts Foundation North-Rhine Westphalia),  
> Düsseldorf. The works selected for the award will be exhibited in  
> the permanent collection of traditional European fine art in the  
> Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud in Cologne from 26th of  
> September until 16th of November 2008. On October 16, 2008, the  
> prize will be awarded by the president of the Kunststiftung NRW, Dr.  
> Fritz Schaumann.
> In 2002, the late world artist Nam June Paik lent his name together  
> with a drawing to this most important award for media art in  
> Germany. The drawing, which reads: „Paik NRW okay", commemorates  
> Paik's 19-year activity in this German federal state – particularly  
> in the two cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf – of which he spent more  
> than 10 years as a professor at the Düsseldorf Academy of arts.  
> 1963, the year the „Exhibition of Music" was held in the Galerie  
> Parnass in Wuppertal, is considered the year of birth of media art.  
> With this award, the Kunststiftung NRW intends to revive the  
> enormous creative energies which are active until this day within  
> the works of this global artist, and to encourage a young generation  
> of artists to break new innovative ground. The award includes an  
> exhibition of the nominated, during which the first prize amounting  
> to 25,000 euros will be awarded as well as a junior prize for an  
> artist from North-Rhine Westphalia for finishing a pro ject  
> amounting to 15,000 euros.
> The nominating experts met on the spot in Cologne at the Wallraf- 
> Richartz Museum & Fondation Corbout, with its extraordinary  
> collection from medieval art to impressionism: Solange Farkas,  
> Videobrasil and MAM-Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (Sao Paulo/ 
> Salvador de Bahia), Yukiko Shikata, NTT InterCommunication Center  
> ICC (Tokio), Walid Raad, artist, (New York/Beirut), Miklos Peternak,  
> C3 Center for Culture & Communication (Budapest) and Udo Kittelmann,  
> Museum of Modern Art (Frankfurt/Main).
> They selected the following artists and artist groups for the award:
> The Speculative Archive / Julia Meltzer and David Thorne (Damaskus/ 
> Los Angeles); Biopresence / Shiho Fukuhara and Georg Tremmel (Tokyo/ 
> London); Attila Csörgo (Budapest); Tatiana Blass (São Paulo) and GIA  
> Grupo de Interferência Ambiental from Salvador de Bahía"
> Does anyone know about GIA, or is one of our guest this month  
> involved with/ friends with GIA?  Intrigued.
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