CAM in Motion: Jorge Varanda

S.L.N.D. (Sem Lugar nem Data), 2001

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Between January and May, a shipping container located in the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation's Garden will play host to a cycle of films from the CAM Collection, which is divided into four moments.

This video is a 3D animation with planes cut out of paintings and stylised figures that travel through exhibition spaces transformed into labyrinths and places inhabited by ghostly presences. People and objects appear as imaginary, animalistic, surreal and improbable beings. The spaces are malleable and everything is prone to becoming unpredictable movement, path, visit, experience and challenge. All the figures are animated and/or static, human and/or humanoid, pictorial, sculptural or virtually real.

The computer screen that we see in the final image – also glimpsed at the start – is an emphatic reminder that we are inside a kind of computer game.

In this cycle, we are presenting four films from the CAM Collection that allow us to evaluate and reflect on the structuring role of geometry, both in the precise drawing of its known and derivative forms – fixed in architecture, painting, sculpture and drawing, disciplines that lend themselves to animation and film composition – and in its capacity to symbolically embody characters and narratives.

We will link these four films to the following four modes of the work of geometry, varying in the degree of explicitness and, in some cases, more or less subterranean in nature:

It is important to note that geometry, as an ancient and banal concept of art, is far from being the main topic of these films, all of them containing a great wealth of historical, anecdotal, sociological and artistic concepts.



Leonor Nazaré


CAM in Motion is an ‘outdoor’ programme that brings together a series of site-specific interventions by artists and exhibitions with works from the Collection in different spaces in the city of Lisbon and its surroundings.

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