By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The seventh edition of Live Cinema begins on Saturday, October 4th and will run through Sunday, October 12th. The free to the public festival will feature ten artists/groups presenting live audiovisual performances and lectures at four venues; Oi Futuro Ipanema, Biblioteca Parque Estadual, Biblioteca Pública de Niterói and Praça Agripino Grieco in Méier.
“Live Cinema is audiovisual performance in real time i.e., the artists manipulate images, sounds and data at the time of the public exhibition of their work,” Live Cinema curator, Marcia Derraik explained in a prepared statement. Derraik, a documentary filmmaker, created Live Cinema in 2007, with multimedia artist Luiz Duva.
“The Live Cinema shows began as an event that was part of the Film Festival of Rio,” said Derraik. “Most of the artists that year were VJs who felt the need to leave the dance floor and show their work in a movie theater. We are very grateful to Oi Futuro because they understood the importance of that moment and sponsored this experience that has continued annually.”
Oi Futuro Ipanema will again host this edition’s opening night. For the event, Mary Gatis with Banda Sonora Duet and DJ Dolores will present pieces by DJ Dolores, who as a DJ and composer has worked on numerous projects including fifteen years of Brazilian film soundtracks. Dolores’ scoring credits include work on the 2012 Première Brasil winner for Best Feature Film, “O Som ao Redor.”
Also performing during the opening will be Maotik, a French artist who has worked previously with brands including Chanel and Omega. “I know Brazil has a very rich heritage and culture of music and visuals arts, and the Live Cinema Festival put it together in order to explore new languages,” said Maotik. “I listened to DJ Dolores for years now and we will have the chance to perform on the same night.”
During his first ever performance in Brazil, Maotik will present an installation entitled “Omnis.”
“‘Omnis, ‘meaning ‘omnipresent’ in Latin, is a live AV performance that takes its inspiration from the concept of ubiquity, the capacity of being everywhere at the same time,” said Maotik. “New technologies are affecting today’s changes of human life, the capability to transfer information instantaneously all over the world, dramatically modifies our perception of space, time and relationships.”
“The result,” Maotik continued, “is a live performance that invites the audience into a heavy-sensory experience where minimal and experimental sound textures converge and synchronize with sleek, dynamic visuals invoking the aesthetic of time.”
Further exploring the theme of modern technology during opening night will be Coletivo Plástico Preto. The multidisciplinary performance group, consisting of artists, Caeso, Fábio Köhler, Isadora Petrauskas, Juliana Mansur, Kiko Duarte, Lara Schueler, Raphael Simoens and Rodrigo Belay, will present their installation entitled, ” _00007.”
“The performance “_00007″ was given its name because its the seventh stage of a continuous work constructed by the collective. One of the concepts that work is the big data,” explained one of the collective’s members, adding “and we understand that this is just the beginning of many performances that we will do together, hence the nomenclature is similar to digital file versioning.”
On October 9th at Biblioteca Pública de Niterói,filmmaker Bruno Vianna will present the lecture, “Live Cinema – Concepts and Trends.” A visual workshop with VJ Robson Victor will follow.
Additionally on the 9th, at the newly reopened Biblioteca Parque Estadual located in Centro (Downtown) Rio, the group Coletivo Print Scream will present their installation, “Urbano Xananico.” Additionally, Júlio Parente and Daniel Lucas will present “Kosmos e Arredores,” and Anna Turra and Guilherme Kastrup will present their work, “Amplitude.”
On October 10th, the Biblioteca Parque Estadual will present Karina Montenegro, Pablo Tiscornia and Gabriela Bassani’s intsallation “Díspares” and Rodrigo Gontijo, Wilton Azevedo and Sergio Basbaum’s performance, “Futu Manu.”
The Biblioteca Pública de Niterói then will host Dino Vicente and VJ Robson Victor (together known as 2Vic) and their presentation of “O Que o Mundo Contém?” on the 11th.
Finally to close out the festival, Uaná System, a group consisting of multimedia artist Luan Rodrigues and DJ Waldo Squash, will perform live at Praça Agripino Grieco in Méier, a neighborhood located in Rio’s North Zone.
For the more information about the artists and the complete program with times and venue addresses, see the Live Cinema website.
What: Live Cinema
When: October 4th-12th
Where: Opening night at Oi Futuro Ipanema, Rua Visconde de Pirajá 54, Ipanema