2020, 10min, BR
2020, 10min, BR
Cantar é com os passarinhos
Cantar é com os passarinhos
Starting from the book Pássaros do Brasil as a trigger, I try to think about the relationship between absence and transformation in the way we organize and narrate memory and history. The book is an encyclopedia organized by Eurico Santos, which was given to me by my father before his death. I have always been interested in this specimen, with illustrations and descriptions of each bird, but recently I rediscovered it by the marks of time - its pages of illustrations left ghosts on the pages of text.
Amanda Teixeira is a visual artist and designer. Her production unfolds in video, photography, object and installation. In December 2019 she opened her second individual exhibition “tudo está cuidadosamente envolto em pó”, curated by Eduardo Veras, at the Goethe Institute in Porto Alegre. She took part in an artistic residency in Isafjordur, northwestern Iceland, in 2017, after finishing two semesters as a DAAD fellow at the Academy of Arts and Media in Cologne, Germany. In 2015 he became a bachelor in Visual Arts at the UFRGS Institute of Arts, with academic mobility at the Universidad de Buenos Aires in 2012. He received the Azorean Prize in 2013 as a Revelation Artist for his first individual exhibition, the place itself is, 2014 Alternative Project and Production Support with the artist book publisher Azulejo Arte Impressa, a project created with Pedro Cupertino.
Coisas que cabem em uma caixinha de fósforos - (2014, 3min)
It took me a long time to get to this format... I tried to think of it as a series of photos, or an installation. Then, the pandemic came, and I had to think of a format that could be viewed on the computer screen.
LIST OF EXTINCT BIRDS RESEARCHED DURING THE VIDEO PROCESS
Gritador-do-Nordeste (C. mazarbarnetti)
Limpa-Folha-do-Nordeste (Philydor novaesi)
O Caburé-de-Pernambuco ( Glaucidium mooreorum ) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMtkzKjbJ0k
Arara-Azul-Pequena ( Anodorhynchus glaucus )
Ararinha-Azul ( Cyanopsitta spixii )
A choquinha-de-Alagoas ( Myrmotherula snowi )
Rolinha-do-Planalto ( Columbina cyanopis )
1,919 known species in the country
ACADEMIC ESSAY - O primeiro Gabinete de História Natural do Brasil (“Casa dos Pássaros”) e a contribuição de Francisco Xavier Cardoso Caldeira, by Bruno Araujo Absolon, Francisco José de Figueiredo and Valéria Gallo
O Bem Viver – Alberto Acosta
It was a pleasure to burn.
With his symbolic helmet numbered 451 on his stolid head, and his eyes all orange flame with the thought of what came next, he flicked the igniter (...) While the books went up in sparkling whirls and blew away on a wind turned dark with burning. (p15)
When I was a boy my grandfather died. And he was a sculptor. He was also a very kind man who had a lot of love to give the world, and he helped clean up the slum in our town; and he made toys for us and he did a million things in his lifetime; he was always busy with his hands. And when he died, I suddenly realized I wasn't crying for him at all, but for all the things he did. I cried because he would never do them again, he would never carve another piece of wood or help us raise doves and pigeons in the backyard or play the violin the way he did, or tell us jokes the way he did. He was part of us and when he died, all the actions stopped dead and there was no one to do them just the way he did. He was individual. He was an important man. I've never gotten over his death. Often I think what wonderful carvings never came to birth because he died. How many jokes are missing from the world, and how many homing pigeons untouched by his hands. He shaped the world. He DID things to the world. The world was bankrupted of ten million fine actions the night
he passed on
Montag, lying there, eyes gritted shut with dust, a fine wet cement of dust in his now shut mouth, gasping and crying, now thought again, I remember, I remember, I remember something else. What is it? Yes, yes, part of the Ecclesiastes Part of the Ecclesiastes and the Revelation. Part of that book, part of it, now, quick, before it gets away, before the shock wears off, before the wind dies. (P.226)
Montag watched the great dust settle and the great silence move down upon their world. And lying there it seemed that he saw every single grain of dust and every blade of grass and that he heard every cry and shout and whisper going up in the world now. Silence fell down in the sifting dust, and all the leisure they might need to look around, to gather the reality of this day into their senses.
Montag looked at the river. We'll go on the river. He looked at the old railroad tracks. Or we'll go that way. Or we'll walk on the highways now, and we'll have time to put things into ourselves. And some day, after it sets in us a long time, it'll come out of our hands and our mouths. And a lot of it will be wrong, but just enough of it will be right. We'll just start walking today and see the world and the way the world walks around and talks, the way it really looks. I want to see everything now. And while none of it will be me when it goes in, after a while it'll all gather together inside and it'll be me. (P.227)
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451, 1953
On the practical ground, Christopher Columbus, with his historic journey, laid the foundations of colonial domination, with consequences undoubtedly present to this day.
Columbus sought natural resources, especially spices, silks, precious stones and gold. According to Columbus, who even mentioned the precious metal 175 times in his travel journal, "gold is excellent; from gold is made treasure and, with it, whoever owns it, does what he wants in the world, and even gets to take souls to paradise”
Columbus opened the doors to conquest and colonization. With them, in the name of imperial power and faith, began the merciless exploitation of Natural Resources and human beings, with the consequent genocide of many indigenous populations.
The disappearance of entire peoples - cheap and subdued labor - was "compensated” with the incorporation of slaves from Africa: slaves who would soon be an important contribution to the process of industrialization, as Karl Marx would recognize in 1846: without slavery, we would not have modern industry. It was slavery that gave to colonies their value, for the colonies created World Trade, and World Trade is the condition of big industry. Thus, slavery is an economic category of the greatest importance. (P.64)
And must therefore consider that the unifying idea of development is a trap.
In 1982, Wolfgang Sachs had already presented the suspicion that development was poorly designed from the beginning.
In fact it is not the failure of the development that we must fear, but its success. What would a fully developed world be like? We do not know, but certainly it would be monotonous and fraught with danger. Since development cannot be separated from the ideas that all the peoples of the planet are moving on the same path towards a stage of maturity, exemplified by the nations that lead this vision, the Tuaregues, the Zapotecs or the rastejães are not seen as living in diverse ways not comparable to human existence, but as peoples that were lacking that which advanced countries took. As a result, it was decreed that achieving them would be their historic task. From the beginning, development's secret agenda was nothing more than the westernization of the world. (P.88-89)
The vast sulcus of cultural monotony we inherit are, as in all monoculture, both sterile and dangerous. They have eliminated the countless varieties of humans and they turned the world into a place devoid of adventure and surprise. The "Other” disappeared with development. (P.89-90)
Alberto Acosta, O Bem Viver, 2016
"the idea that our species is of recent appearance on the planet, that history such as the we know is more recent still, and that the industrial way of life, based on the intensive use of fossil fuel began less than a second ago, in the counting of homo sapiens's evolutionary clock, and it seems to point to the conclusion that humanity is itself a catastrophe, a sudden and devastating event in the history of the planet, and that it will disappear much faster than the changes it will have brought about in the
thermodynamic regime and in the biological balance of the Earth." (P.31)
Déborah Danowski and Eduardo Viveiros de Castro – Há mundo por vir? – Ensaios sobre os medos e os fins [Is there a world to come? essays on fears and ends]. - 2nd ed. - Editora Cultura e Barbárie - Florianópolis. 2017.
Anna Tsing and Donna Haraway about anthropocene