The body, the city, the travels and the perceptions of the stranger are part of Marcia Vaitsman’s work, which we present in this third FF>Dossier.

Within the field of multimedia, Vaitsman’s work is developed through installations, digital images and supports like CD-ROM, DVD-ROM and the Web, in which the artist displays, with a critical view, the complex social relations typical of our time. In her woks, which present in the section About the works, it is easy to perceive this critical view, as in the peculiar re-creation of the urban space that we find the interactive DVD Mpolis (2001), a game in which the rules are the ones of the city, created and re-created continuously. To interact with this work is to rediscover another city divided in many small pieces of animated images which reveal, in an interactive way, another view of the urban space.

Thus, the new media are used as tools for the reconstruction and creation of the urban space and even of the body, as in the CD-ROM A Common Ancestral Stranger (2001), which displays a metabody under which we move tattoos that reveal immaterial aspects of the body like memory and faith.

Sometimes the works, developed for CD-ROM and DVD, unfold themselves in installations, and sometimes they are removed from their original context to be re-recreated in other spaces. A good example is the exposition Pisando em ovos em Buenos Aires [Treading on Eggs in Buenos Aires] (2004), which took place in the Boquitas Pintadas pop hotel’s alternative space, in Buenos Aires. Vaitsman displayed images removed from the CD-ROM A Common Ancestral Stranger (2001) together with Amarelinha [Hopscoth] (2002), real size images of a hopscoth game with eggs on its squares.

We open this third FF> Dossier with Marcia Vaitsman’s disturbing work, betting once more on the diversity of the southern circuit’s artistic production.

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