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Expect the World - moi non plus

 Contemporary Art from Portugal

"Expect the World" is an exhibition, video program, and conference of Portuguese artists that takes place at Sparwasser HQ, Parkhaus Treptow, Z-bar, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien (please see program dates and locations above). The show presents a generation of young artists, who grew up in Portugal during the 1980s. This was a period of destabilized social utopia, just after the 1974 revolution, when internationalization manifested itself through pop culture and television. Hence, the title "Expect the world - moi non plus," implies an ambivalent experience of societal change and also an existential stance. A reaction of intense tension, aesthetically expressed, is visible in the works of the artists.


 The participating artists live and work in Lisbon, Berlin and New York:

 Rui Toscano, Rui Valério, Carlos Roque, "Tone Scienstists," Eva Mota, Nuno Cera, Catarina Simões,
Pais, Filipa Cesar, Alexandre Estrela and Ana Pinto.

  homepage of the exhibition

The work of the Tone Scientists, who create, on video, the scenario of a band built up as an energy outlet, presents the viewer with unsettling feelings of loss and melancholy. In the video by Eva Mota (EVA), the artist uses her body as material in a situation with strong references to renaissance painting. "Expect the World" contains not only exploratory or confrontational, but also escapist elements. For example, Nuno Cera's long photographic exposures of the night sky can be viewed as dreamy images of eternity. Similarly, Alexandre Estrela's video projection, "THE NAILS FEEDBACK," multiplies the image of nails in the wall, until they appear as smoke. Ana Pinto presents a video piece that slips visually from one indoor or urban space to another, never allowing the viewer to settle in any single environment. Filipa César's video works, in which random groups of people meet and react to on one another in the urban space, investigate and create situational realities. As in the works of Pinto and César, in the installation by Catarina Simões, one can locate themes of loss in relation to authentic experience and the search for meaning: a disco-ball fragments the projection of an action film into thousands of small images that move across the walls. Finally, the IP Foundation by Ines Pais presents "Funzines," a version of lifestyle activities.

Curator: Ana Pinto

Production: Solvej Ovesen and Estelle Blaschke


Sparwasser HQ: Torstraße 161, 10115 Berlin, Phone: 030 2180 3001

Press-preview: 15.03.02 at 12 noon

Opening 15.03.02 at 7 pm, 16.03.­14.04.2002, Wed - Fri: 4-7pm and Sat 2-6 pm

Parkhaus Treptow: Puschkinallee 5, 12435 Berlin, Phone: 030 533 7952

Opening 19.03.02 at 8 pm, 20.03.­20.04.02, Wed - Sat: 3-7 pm

Hi#3 Video Screening organised by Alexandre Estrela

 Video programme und conference:

 Z-bar Kino: Bergstraße 2, 10115 Berlin, Phone: 030 2838 9121

Video programme part 1, 16.03.02 at 9 pm

Künstlerhaus Bethanien: Mariannenplatz 2, 10997 Berlin, Phone: 030 616 9030

discussion with Delfim Sardo, Alexandre Melo, Fernanda Maio,

Francisco Vaz, Pedro Lapa, Nuno Faria and Ana Pinto

Video programme part 2, 17.03.02 at 8 pm

Video programme part 2 (re-run), 18.03.02 at 9 pm

Kontakt: Parkhaus Treptow, Phone: 030 533 7952 (Monica Krüger)

Thank you to: Ute Tischler, Lise Nellemann, Christoph Tannert, IAC, Fundacao, Calouste Gulbenkian, FLAD, GRI, Geier-Tronic, Botschaft von Portugal, Instituto Camoes, und Rui Boavista Marques & ICEP-Portugal