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Meteoritic, 2008

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GAM Galleria d'Arte Moderna
16 mm film , colour, sound
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© João Maria Gusmão e Pedro Paiva - Courtesy GAM - Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino - Proprietà della Fondazione per l'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea CRT
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Meteoritic, 2008, is one of a group of films entitled Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air, which were shown at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009. The two artists filmed these works using the typical code of early twentieth-century clinical documentaries, with an immobile movie camera shooting the slow development of an experiment, presented from a supposedly objective viewpoint, without sound or commentary.
The hypnotizing power of natural phenomena and simple handcrafted gestures is such that this language, created to be neutral, unleashes an aura of magical occurrence, of cosmic analogy between the small event shown and the laws of nature that reproduce on a cosmic level what appears, secretly, in everyday life. [...]
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