from mouth to sprout
Lugar do desenho, gondomar, 2016
© Photo credits: Tiago Madaleno
From Mouth to Sprout (2016)
From Mouth to Sprout invokes a pseudo-cientific approach to consider an absurd moto: the attempt to create a machine able to coincide the gesture of blowing with the growth of a sunflower's stem.
The project began as an attempt to answer the question: how can I bring the action to the images? How can I avoid an illustrative relation with the production of images? How to prevent the image from being simply a constatative presence of the phenomenon it represents? How can I stipulate a way for the images to contain the presence of the body and at the same time be able to manifest a potential of intervention in the real?
Through the construction of several devices that disconnect everyday gestures from their commom use, like blowing, seeding, watering, mapping, I attempted to amplify the possibilities of meaning of those gestures and to allow the inclusion of the body in the creation of images. In that sense, the spectator could recover those gestures in the process of seeing the devices, almost as if he/she could reenact the necessary performance that produced the images.
From Mouth to Sprout is divided into three cores, that were defined by the technical specificities for which three devices were built: 1) From Mouth to Sprout - instrument of measure (2016) focus upon the study of the sunflower growth, searching for a way to systematize that knowledge into rules applicable in the next phase; 2) From Mouth to Sprout (2015-2016) proposes a coincidence between the gesture of blowing and the forms previously studied; 3) From Mouth to Sprout - seven walks reshapes the applicability of the first two phase studies, offering a new meaning and functionality to that material.
In this project a bond between image and function is pursued, even when that function is connected with an absurd or impossible ambition, event when that function simply intend to enhance the imaginary.