the sea is not blue / o mar não é azul, 2009

 

3-channel video installation with sound, TRT 25 min. and map, 10 3/8 x 13 5/8 “

Sound Editor: Mel Metcalfe

Post-production: Takashi Takeoka

Participants (in chronological order): Orlando Guerreiro, Carlos Alberto Silveira, Suzana Silveira, Humberto Machado, Antonio Henrique Fisher Cordeiro, Leonardo Machado, Francisco do Reis Maduro-Dias, Luis Felipe Silveira, Maria Benevides, Orjana Risch, Isabel do Lerique, Rufino Cordeiro Dias Pereira, Jorge Soares, Alamo Oliveira, Andre Manuel Costa Silveira, Catarina Garcia, Manuela Juliano.

Book and Photo-installation

8.5 x 8.5”, Vinyl with pressure sensitive adhesive on wall, 49 ft

Graphic Designer: gaas!

Participants: Álamo Oliveira, Alison Nelson, Bia Gayotto, Carlos Teixeira, Catarina Garcia, Ed Moses, Gina Orofino, Leonardo Machado, Lucie Chan, Nereu Ramos, Orlando Guerreiro.

This video was shot in Terceira, one of nine Portuguese Islands of the Azores located in mid-Atlantic, which played an important role in the colonization of the “New World”, including my birthplace in Southern Brazil. The 3-screen video installation alternates views of the ocean in differing weather conditions from 37 different points around the island, with a series of a hand flicks through photographic images that reveal my process in making the video.The audio  juxtaposes sounds of the ocean with voice-over and English captions, revealing the resident’s relationship to the sea from different perspectives. The book made in collaboration with a diverse group of people of Portuguese decent living in Terceira (Azores); Halifax and Kelowna (Canada); Florianópolis (Brazil) and Los Angeles (USA) is accompanied by a photo- installation composed by a series of seascapes that represent the circumference of Terceira Island. Through multiple interpretations of the sea this project reflects on issues of identity, cross-cultural movement and interconnectedness. Made with the City of Los Angeles 2008-2009 COLA Individual Artist Fellowship, Direção Regional das Comunidades in the Azores, and an Individual Artist Grant from the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.