Rogério Nuno Costa
In 1917, Marcel Duchamp writes “1917” in an upside down urinal. In 1919, he draws a moustache in the most important portrait of the history of art; not the original one (he’s not Banksy), not even a reproduction (Pop was yet to be invented), but a portrait he painted himself, copying the “original”, and, by doing so, almost repeating Melville: I would prefer not to. In 1921, Man Ray photographs Duchamp as Rrose Sélavy, thus completing the circle, or else paving the way for the artist’s disappearance. A century later, we still don’t know how to deal, historically and artistically, with these radical endeavours, sometimes discrediting them (or assigning them new authorships…), sometimes assuming a somewhat insurmountable historical irresolution for them. MISSED-EN-ABÎME aims to talk about a (centennial) gesture which can be interpreted as destruction, revelation, or simply self-imposed ostracism, as if it was impossible to do anything more after having obliterated (almost) everything. Duchamp spent decades doing nothing, the reason why Enrique Vila-Matas decided to dedicate some footnotes to him in his novel about the negative authors (“Bartleby & Cia.”, 2000): « One time, in Paris, artist Naum Gabo asks Marcel Duchamp the reason for having stopped painting. “Mais que voulez-vous?”, answers Duchamp, raising his arms in the air. “Je n’ai plus d’idées!” ». Inspired by this impasse, MISSED-EN-ABÎME ritualizes a queer, sacrificial isolationism, thus daring to revisit Duchamp’s negligence while avoiding to find it a solution — « …parce qu’il n’y a pas de problème » —, rather accepting failure, withdrawal, invisibility and oblivion, perhaps also disappearance, as acts of survival and resistance.
Subtitled “Psychobiography of a Losing Hero (1917-1921)”, this piece consists in a three-part display (performance/installation, book and film) meant to be shown in the space of the contemporary art museum, thus concluding a research process on Art-History-Solitude conducted by Rogério Nuno Costa in collaboration with artists and thinkers from Portugal and Finland.
Amares, 1978. Performer, researcher, teacher and writer, develops cross-disciplinary artistic work. Lives and works between Portugal and Finland. His performances, lectures and texts explore the fields of theatre, dance, visual arts and literature. He has studied Social Communication, Contemporary Art History and Contemporary Culture & New Technologies, currently doing research in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art at Aalto University (Finland) and as part of the Performance Studies Research Group in Minho University. Has worked as performer, collaborator and artistic consultant with the artists Mariana Tengner Barros, Patrícia Portela, Teatro Praga, Sónia Baptista, Lúcia Sigalho, Teresa Prima, Joclécio Azevedo, Susana Mendes Silva, among others. Frequent collaborator of theatre company Estrutura. Has curated many artistic and educational projects. Guest Assistant Professor in the Bachelor in Theatre at Minho University (Guimarães). He has also taught in the Arts and Design Superior School (Caldas da Rainha) and ArtEZ University of the Arts (Arnhem). Works with many artists as editor and dramaturgist. Directs the documental project of Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte, where he is also an associated artist. Starting in 1999, his work has already been shown in Portugal, France, UK, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Croatia, Finland, Romania and Canada.
Creation, direction, edition and performance
Rogério Nuno Costa
Inês Carvalho Lemos
Luís Lázaro Matos
Light design & technical direction
Workshop and dramaturgical support
(Andreia Coutinho e Maribel Sobreira)
Mário Jerónimo Negrão
MUDAS. Museu de Arte Contemporânea da Madeira
Rua das Gaivotas 6
Aalto University (School of Arts, Design and Architecture)
Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris – Maison du Portugal
Campus Paulo e Silva
Museum of Impossible Forms (Helsínquia, 2018)
Maison du Portugal/Parfums de Lisbonne (Paris, 2021)
Serralves Museum (Oporto)
Contradança Festival (Covilhã)
Temps d’Images Festival/Berardo Collection Museum (Lisbon)
Teatro Viriato (Viseu)
Chão de Oliva/Periferias Festival (Sintra)
Teatro-Cine of Torres Vedras
Project funded by Governo de Portugal – Direção-Geral das Artes.