Adam Budak

Published on Dec 12, 2012 | Filed under: TEXTS |

Author: Adam Budak

Publication: exhibition catalogue

Exhibition: Manifesta 7 (Roveretto)

Architect, sculptor and musician, Ricardo Jacinto constructs interactive installations that look at mechanisms of perception and systems of communication. The artist employs an array of devices and strategies, based upon inversions and paradoxes that cognitively and physically shift our recognition of space and time.

Sound contributes to this construction of a psychedelic self, since the auditory experience constitutes another layer to Jacinto’s works. Labyrinthitis is an example of synergy between spatial and audible aspects, a correlation of sensation and corporeal volume. It is based upon altering perception by upsetting our system of balance.

The title refers to the medical term of labyrinthitis , an inflammatory process affecting the labyrinths that house the vestibular system in the inner ear. Labyrinthitis exemplifies complexities of the relationship of the body with space. The public is offered the chance to experiment with a sculpture made from six gigantic black balloons, filled with helium.

Hanging from this levitating sphere-cluster, one’s weight is diminished by about 35kg, thus provoking a “soft” fall. Installed in the courtyard of the Manifattura Tabacchi, the monumental sculptural “cloud” announces a decline of modernist utopias and articulates the precariousness of political balance.