Free and Radical

Noema is the first Brazilian gallery within Second Life. Its managers are Sao Paulo-based scholar Abel Reis and artist and curator Giselle Beiguelman, whose show 'nowhere/anywhere/somewhere' inaugurated Noema's series of exhibitions last March. According to Beiguelman, Noema is a 'nomadic gallery,' existing mostly as a virtual entity but operating also in real spaces, as occurred with the public presentation of Marcus Bastos's short film 'Free Radicals.' The work was part of the cultural program of a party celebrating freedom that took place in April at the famous Sao Paulo club, Vegas. First scholar Lucia Santaella discussed the concept of freedom and then local VJs Spetto, Lucas Bambozzi, duVa, and Helga Stein performed live remixes of Bastus's piece, creating a new version of it that now stands side-by-side with the original. On view until July 15, 'Free Radicals' brings together the voice of different individuals, which meditate about free-will, today and in the past, with VJ-style sequences of images of the interviewees and urban landscapes. Bastos thus evokes the resistance to the Brazilian dictatorship that ended in the mid-1980s to examine the notion and practices of liberty in contemporary society, in general, and Brazil in particular. - Miguel Amado