Renan Marcondes

by Julia Lima

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Renan Marcondes is an artist who researches the unfolding of his own body in performances and installations, objects, drawings, videos and countless other materializations. These explorations of the body can start from their own flesh or from other people's bodies. Choreographies and theatrical works that demand extensive research are also part of his investigations, sometimes with results that involve spectator interaction and collaboration in pieces that are built over time, sometimes in more traditional formats in stage and audience configurations. 

There is a paradoxical aspect to Marcondes' work – the presence of precise elements such as mathematics and technical drawing, everyday objects and inanimate apparatuses contrasts with the organicity of the subjects and subjects of the works, which end up mixing reason, Cartesian thinking and logic with the body's physiology and motor skills. “Exercises to Return”, for example, are drawings made by one of the artist's hands, while the other hand successively erases. In “Study continuous reproduction”, the artist prints body fluids and presses body parts onto a strip of graph paper to then reproduce these marks and records in a drawing on another strip of paper, displaying both strips side by side. side.

There are also works in which the artist explores bodily limits, creating devices that can be “dressed” or carried – by him or by the spectator – and which alter the functioning and functionality of the limbs. These quasi-sculptural objects are often created for use in conjunction with one or more partners, challenging not only the gesturality of a body but obstructing proximity, intimacy and possibilities for encounter.

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