Blanc sur Blanc

The video installation shows an image and a counter-image of one of the most rooted stereotypes about Brazil, the samba-dancer. In the video the dancer has an aggressive posture, defying the spectator, walking back and forth towards the camera. The room is filled with presence detectors. As the visitor gets closer to the screen, a pair of sub-woofers emit a strong and almost unbearable sound that grows on intensity. As he steps back, the sound vanishes. The visitor intuitively ‘mirrors’ the movement of the dancer.

Such physical experience aims to create a dialogue, based on specularity.
She is the projection of the Other, the reflected image of the visitor, in a game of mirrors that inevitably leads to the discussion about gender and politics.
Being a counter-cliché, she simply says: “No”

The title is an explicit reference to “White on White” of Kasimir Malevich.

Dancer: Thais Palmares
Photos: Paulo Costa
Max-MSP programming: Pierre Gufflet
Produced by: Le Fresnoy Studio National, France, 2005

Presented at “La Volupté Numérique”
Palais de Beaux Arts, Lille, France

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