João Vasco PAIVA

Action Through Non Action  (2009), video still, courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery

Action Through Non Action (2009), video still, courtesy of the artist and Edouard Malingue Gallery


Action Through Non Action

2009, video, 7’01”

Action Through Non Action is a video performance wherethe artist uses his body as an interfering sensor to capturethe rhythms caused by his presence in a crowd. He does so by measuring the frequency of pedestrians colliding with himself. The performer stands still in the middle of a crowd in the most densely populated district of Hong Kong. The artist performs no actions, even so, interactions cannot be avoided. His presence creates interference in the normal flow of the crowd. The individuals change their paths and the presence of the performer sets off multiple chain reactions. The touching of elements in the crowd by the performer’s arms are recorded using several contact microphones connected to a recorder and headphones. The headphones isolate the performer’s hearing, he can only listen to the sounds of people touching him. The recorded data generates an algorithm that interferes with the video playback. The video as presented is the documentation of the performers interference.


João Vasco PAIVA

Born 1979 in Coimbra, lives and works in Hong Kong

João Vasco PAIVA is a “decoder” of urban spaces. Currently living in Hong Kong, he likes to observe the complex and continuously shifting characteristics of major metropolesand look for their intrinsic order and logic. At the heart of his practice is an interest in deciphering constructedsums of human activities using modes of production and fabrication to peel back the intricate layers that comprise the structures of contemporary life. A graduate from the Porto Arts Institute, João Vasco PAIVA moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to complete a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong. Using various mediums in his artistic practices, PAIVA consistently explores how urban spaces may serve as catalysts for aesthetic production. His work is intrinsically tied to Hong Kong while at the same time resonating with dense urban environments around the globe. His works have been shown in festivals such as Brazil’s FILE HypersonicaInternational Festival of Electronic Language, London Exploratory Music Festival, Athens Video Art Festival,Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-city Biennale of Urbanism\ Architectureandatothervenuesin Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Porto, Hangzhou, Sao Paulo and Vienna.