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The Sala A Contemporânea space is exclusively dedicated to contemporary Brazilian art in Centro's celebrated Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB). Thereby naturally catering to the more unconventional realms of art, the latest installation of the 2012-13 season is no different, the curatorship in the hands of two Daniel’s, Acosta and Murgel.
From the design sketches (the work will only be installed for the first time on site) the contraption itself appears simple enough, but, of course, its meaning is somewhat more profound. Two polystyrene 'look-out turrets' are suspended high up in opposite corners of the room, acting like pots to the sprawling plants they house with psychedelic lights flashing constantly from within. The plants are irrigated by a hydraulic system that siphons off water from two tanks below containing live fish. Over time, the tanks slowly empty, eventually leaving the fish dead, starved of water. By the end, the roles of the sacrificed and the beneficiary, or host and parasite, are starkly apparent, but over the course of the exhibition, the whole arrangement seems far more innocuous.