Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967)
A queda (The Fall), (2009)
The Fall (2009) offered a compelling example of how art works comprised of simple processes can yield sophisticated results. This looped 15-minute video depicts an egg in a spoon being carried through an out-of-focus forest. The sound of footsteps slowly moving through the forest blends with the sound of the egg tapping against the metal spoon – both sounds filling the space with an hypnotic rhythm and placing the viewer in the tentative position of the unseen protagonist carrying the egg. The work neatly condenses the underlying themes of the exhibition by foregrounding not only a fascination for the material presence of art objects but also an interest in the potential performativity of the viewer’s engagement. Balancing formal meditations with theatricality, the exhibition evinced Neuenschwander’s and Yang’s shared concern for a stylistic harmony, transcending their ostensible cultural differences.