Exquisite corpse video project – volume #7 by Kika Nicolela (Br/Be) | 2020

The project is a unique video collaboration between artists from around the world, inspired by the surrealist method of “exquisite corpse”.

Using this playful semi-blind and sequential method, ECVP participants created video art in response to the last ten seconds of the previous member’s work. Each member is invited to integrate these seconds into their room, until each person’s vision is integrated into a final “corpse”. Each artist questions, by different means, different trends, strategies, classifications … The ECVP was initiated in 2008 by the Brazilian artist Kika Nicolela and published 6 volumes. This highly collaborative project has so far had the participation of more than 100 artists from more than 25 countries.

This seventh program is an augmented version of the one presented, on the proposal of Césaré (National Center for Musical Creation – Reims) in collusion with Transcultures and the European Nurseries of Creation, during FARway, arts festival of Reims, in February 2020, on the theme of the agitating artist.

Participants : Wai Kit Lam (HK), Claudia Vasquez (CL), Héloïse Roueau (FR), Ivelina Ivanova (BG), Ulf Kristiansen (NO), Sigrid Coggins (FR), Gabriel V. Soucheyre (FR), Per Eriksson (SE), Simone Stoll (DE), Anthony Siarkiewicz (US), John Sanborn (US), Laura Colmenares Guerra (CO/BE), Niclas Hallberg (SE), Nia Pushkarova (BG), Lucas Bambozzi (BR), Marina Fomenko (RU), Jorge Lozano (CO/CA), Natalia de Mello (PT/BE), Alexandra Gelis (CO/CA), Sojin Chun (CA), Nung-Hsin Hu (TW/US), Kika Nicolela (BR/BE).

Kika Nicolela

Brazilian artist, filmmaker and independent curator, living between Brussels and São Paulo. Having Graduated in Film and Video at the University of São Paulo, Nicolela has also completed a Master of Fine Arts, at the Zurich University of the Arts. Kika Nicolela is interested in the encounter with the other, mediated by the camera – mostly, the video camera. The camera is a tool for her, to investigate representation and self-representation, identity and otherness, portrait and self-portrait, and create a space of fluctuation between these poles.

She is interested in making videos and video-installations that allow the spectator to have a larger role in the production of meaning; that is, works in which the meaning is reached through the constant negotiation between the spectator and the elements – often multiple and ambiguous. This ambivalence in the moving image is what she is searching for: pieces that produce a heightened experience in the very ambiguity of our own subjectivity, and of the real.