Video_MAC, 2020

Curator: Roberto Moreira Cruz


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My commentary


Walter Zanini's initiatives echo.

This time in Roberto Moreira Cruz's postdoctoral research, a precious survey of the first video works by artists from São Paulo, in a collection from the 1970s. This resulted in the exhibition Video_MAC, his curatorshipin whose opening there was a live broadcast of a conversation between the curator and me.

Interested in artistic multimedia productions, Walter Zanini, as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of São Paulo, among multiple initiatives in the category, invested in 1976 in the purchase of, rare at the time, portable video recording equipment and in the training of artists. He organized the Video Art sector coordinated by Cacilda Texeira da Costa, which included technical guidance for novices in handling the equipment.

At the time I recorded the videos ME VT, Nós (Version II) and O Gato Acorrentado a um só Traçado (The Cat Chained to one Stroke).

Gabriel Borba, 2020

Conjunto da Obra

Nós (Us or Knots)

O Gato Acorrentado a Um Só Traçado (The Cat Chained to a Single Stroke)

Objeto ME

O Gato Acorrentado a um só Traçado video, 1977

Video Tape

Série / Coleção: O Gato Acorrentado a Um Só Traçado (The Cat Chained to a Single Stroke)

O Gato Acorrentado a um só Traçado

The Cat Chained to a Single Stroke

My commentary


In bed, after a knee surgery and much pain, I see in the window a cat watching me. The next day and the next day and the next, at about the same time, there was the cat. As I tried to turn around to see him better, I moaned (screaming, sometimes) in pain and he, scared, ran away.
One day I got ready in a good position, with paper and pencil, and drew quickly the visitor.
Later, better, already out of bed, I carefully worked out the drawing, trying to maintain the original clumsyness.

At MAC USP, in 1977 I repeated the drawing on an frosted glass for recording. Four shots were taken in search of the difficult adjustment of the frame.
The best frame is in the second shot, where you can see the complete drawing, almost to the tip of the cat's tail. The last two shots have been discarded. The lack of editing capability available at the time, forced the first shot to remain intact even with bad frame ajustment. However, for documentary reasons and a certain collector's fetish, MAC kept in its collection the original tape with the four shots and thus presents it, as well as the MIS São Paulo, Museum of Image and Sound.
In all of them a moan almost scream, somewhat imitating what would be the meow of the cat.

Gabriel Borba, 2019