Quasi-Cinema by Lucas SimoesJuxtapoz // Friday, 12 Aug 2011
What an interesting concept. Using photos to represent a film frame, placed together to represent movement, Simoes has created what he calls quasi-cinema. As the artist notes, the aligned and woven photos give the sensation of movement. They are my own reference to the cinema, without being cinema, hence the name quasi-cinema.
Here is his full explanation of the work: In my work, I use personal photos to create a movement much like that of cinema. They are photos that represent a frame from a film. Each photo is often revealed by merely moving the image within the photo a few millimeters. They are woven in the form a wave and then fixed onto a support made of wood and cloth.
The aligned and woven photos give the sensation of movement. They are my own reference to the cinema, without being cinema, hence the name “quasi-cinema.”
When I named the series quasi-cinema, it was in direct relation to cinema, to the frames, the movement of the image, not the work of Oiticica and Neville, although it is likely that I had read about the quasi-cinemas of Oiticica and stored the term in my memory.
But, in the case of Oiticica, what he called quasi-cinema is what we today call installation art. At the time he developed work with music, videos and slides, the term “installation” was not widely used, and he named this quasi-cinema.