(2013) SÍSIFO /SISYPHUS

Videoart installation in collaboration with Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo.


Sisyphus is a video installation inspired by Albert Camus' Myth of Sisyphus - a philosophical essay on the Absurd. Anthropomorphic ice sculptures melt and pulsate in a continuous process of reconstruction - appearing and disappearing - set to the sound of a heartbeat and breathing. The visual source is the urban intervention work by Néle Azevedo "Monumento Mínimo/Minimum Monument", recorded at the Municipal Theatre in São Paulo. Sísifo is conceptualized to be video-projected onto a curtain of steam whose support gives it a singularity in the interpretation of the Sisyphus myth - divested of the materiality of stone and earth, Sisyphus gains ephemeral dematerialization. He goes through the three stages of the water element - solid: ice, liquid: melting, and gaseous state: vapor.

Video source for installation: a 3-min. videoart piece played in loop.

Video Documentation of video installation at Espaço Vitrine, São Paulo. 2016.

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2019 at Instituto Martius-Staden, São Paulo

Projected on layers of voile sheets

© Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez, Néle Azevedo
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© Vanessa Ramos-Velasquez, Néle Azevedo