Labyrinthitis #2

Published on Jan 18, 2011 | Filed under: INSTALLATIONS,LABYRINTHITIS |

Manifesta 7, Rovareto, Italy
Manifattura Tabacchi, 2009

Labirintite [Labyrinthitis], 2007_2009

6 Balões negros de PVC, hélio, corda de nylon, lastro, pega de madeira, mesa em MDF e ferro, projector de diapositivos, 80 diapositivos, monitor, leitor de DVD, vídeo (PAL, cor, 8’37’’, em repetição), espelhos e prato giratório
Dimensões variáveis
Colecção António Cachola, Elvas

6 PVC black balloons, helium, nylon rope, ballast, wood handle, MDF and iron table, slide projector, 80 slides, monitor, DVD player, video (PAL, colour, 8’37’’, loop), mirrors and revolving platform
Variable dimensions
Collection António Cachola, Elvas

Architect, sculptur and musician, Ricardo Jacinto constructs polyphonic performative installations that investigate mechanisms of perception and systems of communication. The artist employs an array of devices and strategies, based upon inversions and paradoxes that shift cognitively and physically our recognition of space and time. His playfull installations and performances are filled up by optical instruments and mirrors that manipulate our sense of spacial orientation, offering constant shifts in perception and building up hybridic architectures of visual trickery.

Auditory experience contributes to this construction of a psycadelic self as the sounds seems to constitute the most significant layer of Jacinto’s installatory, performative and sculptural fabric, focused on engineering the sensory qualities of the individual and collective body. Jacinto’s participatory installation, “Labyrinthitis” is an example of a synergy between the spatial and the audible correlatives of sensation and corporeal volume. Its entire mechanism is based upon alteration of the conditions of perception by upsetting our system of balance.

Installation’s title refers to the medical term of labyrinthitis, an inflammatory process affecting the labyrinthitis (cavities in the petrous part of the temporal bone) that house the vestibular system in the inner ear. Labyrinthitis causes dizziness, loss of balance and, sometimes, involuntary movements of the eye. In fact, it does provoke a break down of the almost entire psychophysiological condition (loss of hearing in the infected ear, feelings of nausea, anxiety, and a general ill feeling due to the distorted balance signals that the brain receives from the inner ear).

Jacinto’s “Labyrinthitis” exemplifies complexities of the relationship of the body with the space. The sculpture of 6 gigantic black balloons, filled with helium, is offered to the audience for a rare exeriment: hanging from this levitating sphere cluster one experiences his/her weight diminished of about 35kg, thus provoking a “soft” fall.

Adam Budak, 2008