João Maria Gusmão, Pedro PaivaFulcrum 2005

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João Maria Gusmão (born 1979)
Pedro Paiva (born 1977)
Date 2005
MediumFilm, 16 mm, projection, colour
Dimensionsduration: 3 min, 20 sec
Acquisition Purchased with assistance from José Lima 2011
Not on display


Fulcrum is a 16mm film in two parts made by the Portuguese artists João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva. The first part examines the nature of balance and gravity, and the second shows rocks moving across a landscape. The final shot combines these two actions and depicts a large plank of wood balancing precariously on top of a large rock.

This work belongs to a group of thirteen silent films by the artists that are intended to be installed together in different areas of a darkened gallery space, projected onto multiple screens or walls and at different scales, so that they form a mosaic of moving images. Gusmão and Paiva work in 16mm silent film (although they also occasionally use 35mm) in order to recall the early days of film and cinema. They also use traditional cinematic devices such as slow motion, laying negatives on top of each other and reverse frames… (read more)

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