- SCHENDEL FAHLSTRÖM INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH

- Project by Per Hüttner for 33e Panorama da arte brasileira, curated by Lisette Lagnado – Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo: MAM – October 5 – December 15, 2013.

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The project for the 33e Panorama da arte brasileira is a research on Swedish artist, born in Sao Paulo, Öyvind Fahlström and Swiss born, Brazilian artist Mira Schendel’s work. Fahlström takes images apart and re-assembles paintings in an infinite number of new constellations. He is famous for creating work made up of magnets that can be re-organized and installations made up of a multitude of small, often 2-dimensional parts. For me, Fahlström’s work is logical outcome of a world which is defined by quantum mechanics. His pieces are artistic representations of the shift in outlook on time, space and causality that Werner Heisenberg presents in his Physics and Philosophy published in 1958. Schendel, takes language apart (letters, phonemes, words and fragments) and puts it back together. She has said about her Monotipias that they represent “an attempt to immortalize the fleeting and to give meaning to the ephemeral,” which in my mind is what defines our world where the infinitely small building blocks that make up our material world are forever changing and giving room for the creativity, development and motion that are the hallmarks of life on our planet.

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In the installation I present a sketchbook by Fahlström from the collection of Moderna Museet in Stockholm together with some of the amazing work by Mira Schendel that is in the collection at MAM. Together they form an integral part of the work. By doing so, the work creates a bridge between two museums of modern art, who each has a very different history and that are located at two sides of our globe. The work of Schendel and Fahlström will be shown together with the first outcome of the research centre, which is 7-minute film shot in Trinidad in March 2013 with cinematographer and director Yang Tingting. The actors Jeremy Thomas and Leston Paul play the roles of the two unnamed protagonists who inhabit the same space and yet cannot see or hear each other. Through their research they  find a way of communicating in spite of everything. This metaphysical breakthrough forms a parallel with the unlocking of the work of Schendel and Fahlström and the Museums in Brazil and Sweden. There is in other words a link between these three unexpected and yet natural meetings of parallel realities.

The structure for the presentation of the work was created by ‪Alvaro Razuk‬ Architects in Sao Paulo. A second Schendel-Fahlström Institute for Research was created in Mexico City in March 2014. The film was also part of the official selection of the 14th Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival in September 2014.