Visitor Talk: Ricardo Basbaum
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Description: ”What is a collective body?”; How are “contact, contamination, memory and repetition” part of contemporary art? In this talk, Ricardo Basbaum will address these central questions to his practice, and his over 30 year-long work in developing collaborative projects. These projects involve participants around propositions, experiences, performative actions, and
collaborative authorship. Usually grounded on group dynamics, Basbaum’s projects articulate references that range from Brazilian Neoconcretism and conceptual art to performance and contemporary music. Basbaum will also discuss four of his main pieces — which will be part of his residency at UIUC:
1. “Would you like to participate in an artistic experience?”: a proposition
that works with the NBP (New basis of personality object) and has been
circulating worldwide since 1994.
2. “Collective Conversations”: a collaborative statement of multiple
3. “Diagrams”: devices that emphasize the tense relation between visuality
and discourse, in dialogue with contemporary art’s transdisciplinary field.
4. “Me-You Choreographies, Games, and Exercises”: a proposition around
group dynamics and related developments.
This talk is the inaugural event of Ricardo Basbaum’s hybrid art residence
at UIUC as part of the project “On-Contamination: An Extended Space for
Sustaining Encounters through Art.”
Bio: Artist, writer, and teacher, Ricardo Basbaum (São Paulo, 1961) investigates art as an intermediary device and a platform for integrating sensorial experiences, sociability, and language. Since the late 1980s, he has created a specific vocabulary for his work. This vocabulary manifests itself in different projects as drawings, installations, videos, and urban interventions.
Basbaum’s work is held, among others, at the Tate Modern Collection in London. He has exhibited at Documenta XII in Kassel, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, the São Paulo’s Biennial, the Secession in Vienna, among others. Currently works as Professor at the Art Department, Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil.