An Enlightening Immersion: Cadernos Sesc_Videobrasil

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posted on 11/03/2015
The first activity of studies and debates at Galpão VB focuses on performance. The meeting will take place on November 10 (Tuesday) at 7pm, in the Reading Room

The first activity held in Galpão VB's Reading Room under the theme An Enlightening Immersion: Cadernos Sesc_Videobrasilwill take place on Tuesday, November 10, at 7pm. Based on the text Risks of the Present Time, by André Brasil, Christine Mello and Eduardo de Jesus, published in Caderno Sesc_Videobrasil 01 — Performance (2005), the meeting aims to stimulate thinking around performances featured in the Videobrasil Collection. Reference material can be accessed in Galpão VB's Reading Room (see visiting hours below).

Organized by Videobrasil’s Archive and Research Team, the actions will take place fortnightly in the Reading Room, a space for research where the visitors have access to the Video Library; to a visual arts library comprising over 3,000 titles; and to PLATFORM:VB. Aiming to invite the public to explore the Videobrasil Collection and the contents generated by Associação, the reference materials will be disclosed one week prior to the activity.

In the essay, part of the first edition of the annual magazine Cadernos Sesc_Videobrasil, the authors state that “The contemporary experience derives from a contradictory desire: called upon to become entrepreneurs of our own selves, incited to partake in information, entertainment, and consumption networks, we must continually take chances, and yet – no, thank you – we don’t want to take the risks. What immediately follows from this contradiction is a kind of asepsis of experience: but not before it gets translated into information, this new communication form that clarifies and explains all things.”

Building on this diagnosis, connections will be drawn between footage of the performances O Gabinete de Chico (1998) and Reboot (2013), both by the group Chelpa Ferro. They are both part of the Videobrasil Collection and are available at the Video Library, as well as on Channel VB; and Leticia Ramos’ 2014 series VOSTOK (2014), which is featured in the 19th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil | Southern Panoramas. After the activity, the public is invited to attend the Festival's Film Programs, which exhibits VOSTOK in its last session, starting at 7:30pm.

The activity is part of a series of meetings themed An Enlightening Immersion in the Institution’s Current Publications: Cadernos Sesc_Videobrasil, which is intended to explore the discussions of the Caderno Sesc_Videobrasil magazine, issued annually in partnership by Videobrasil and Edições Sesc São Paulo, by relating said discussions with other materials produced by the Association. The meetings always take place on Tuesdays, when Galpão VB has its working hours extended until 9pm.

Relevant links:
Recordings of the performances O Gabinete de Chico (1998) and Reboot (2013)
Caderno Sesc Videobrasil 01 — Performance [learn more or buy] [PDF]

Galpão VB's Reading Room:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 1pm to 7pm; Tuesdays, 1pm to 9pm.
Reading Room: Mondays to Fridays, 1pm to 6pm – scheduling by e-mail at

An Enlightening Immersion: Cadernos Sesc_Videobrasil
Meeting 1: Caderno Sesc_Videobrasil 01 — Performance
November 10 (Tuesday) at 7pm
Reading Room | Galpão VB | Av. Imperatriz Leopoldina 1150, São Paulo, Brazil