Brazilian artist conceived 'Sum of Days' as an environmental and participatory sound installation - a monumental, voluminous construction made of soft, white, translucent material that hangs from ceiling to floor and takes the shape of an elliptical labyrinth. This structure hides, or interrupts, the defined limits of its surrounding architectural space, suspending visitors' spatial references and allowing an experience of total immersion.
organized by Luis Pérez-Oramas and Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães
Brazilian artist Carlito Carvalhosa (b. 1961) conceived Sum of Days as an environmental and participatory sound installation—a monumental, voluminous construction made of soft, white, translucent material that hangs from ceiling to floor and takes the shape of an elliptical labyrinth. This structure hides, or interrupts, the defined limits of its surrounding architectural space, suspending visitors' spatial references and allowing an experience of total immersion.
A system of microphones hangs from various heights and records the day's ambient noise, which is played back the following day through several speakers. Each day a new recording is superimposed over the previous one, gradually dimming the oldest sounds into a layer of whispers. Adding yet another element of sound will be periodic musical performances from within the installation, chosen and performed by American composer Philip Glass and some members of his musical ensemble.
The accumulation of these recordings will constitute an immaterial layering of time—an auditory memory of the accidental noise inherent in everyday experience. This marks the artist’s first exhibition in the United States.
Organized by Luis Pérez-Oramas, The Estrellita Brodsky Curator of Latin American Art, and Geaninne Gutiérrez-Guimarães, Curatorial Assistant, The Museum of Modern Art.
About the Artist
Carlito Carvalhosa (b. São Paulo, Brazil, 1961) lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of São Paulo from 1980 to 1984, and was a member of the group Casa 7 throughout the 1980s. Carvalhosa has exhibited in various significant Brazilian venues such as the Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo; Paço Imperial, Rio de Janeiro; Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro; Gabinete de Arte Raquel Arnaud and Galeria Millan, São Paulo; Galeria Silvia Cintra, Rio de Janeiro; Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, Salvador; Palácio da Aclamação, Salvador; Fundação Eva Klabin, Rio de Janeiro; and the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo. In the fall of 2011 an 18,000-square-foot installation by Carvalhosa will constitute the opening exhibition of the new building of the Museum of Contemporary Art in São Paulo. Major publications about the artist’s work include Carlito Carvalhosa (published in 2000 by Cosac & Naify, with texts by Rodrigo Naves, Alberto Tassinari, and Lorenzo Mammì) and Nice to Meet You (scheduled for July 2011 publication by Edizione Charta, Milan, with texts by Luis Pérez-Oramas, Paulo Herkenhoff, Arto Lindsay, Paulo Venancio Filho, Daniel Rangel, Beatriz Bracher, Juliana Monachesi, and João Bandeira). For more information, visit the artist’s website at www.carlitocarvalhosa.com
Sum of Days was previously on view at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil, from July 31 to November 7, 2010.
The exhibition is generously supported by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph J. Safra.
Additional funding is provided by The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Ms. Cleusa Garfinkel, Regina Pinho de Almeida, and an anonymous donor.
Image: Sum of Days (installation view at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, July 2010). 2010. Photo courtesy the artist. © 2011 Carlito Carvalhosa
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