(In) The Place of the O/other

João Pinharanda

José Carlos Teixeira’s work exists in the narrow borderland that separates raw reality from the efforts aimed at making it intelligible. Grounded in a methodological and conceptually intermediate zone between two realms that face one another, the artist assumes the role of mediator: observing the exterior and revealing the interior. What does he bring from anthropology, what does he bring from cinema, what are his programmatic aims, how successfully are they achieved and in what way do they contribute towards “transforming”, if not the Real, at least our perception of it?

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The cinematic event

Ana Anacleto

José Carlos Teixeira has been developing an intriguing body of work based on a practice of artistic research and experimentation. Using video as his preferred means of expression, he often resorts to performative and/or participative strategies that call for the involvement of other persons. His absorbing reflection on the notions of identity, boundary, exile, and displacement confronts us with a work that is aesthetically and ethically committed to the issues of the representation of otherness, through the construction of an anthropologically-based outlook that promotes an encounter with the Other. Concepts such as intersubjectivity and shared authorship are also present in his work, assuming a willing commitment to the Real, but also resting on an aesthetic dimension which lends it a profoundly political, but also profoundly poetic character.

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THROUGH DISPLACEMENT

Carolina Rito

The artist's fingers press down the keys of a Bösendorfer resolutely. This is a piano manufactured in Austria, which José Carlos Teixeira, in the first instances of the large projection of "Between Clarity and Fog", admits no prior knowledge of how to play. Nonetheless, throughout the 30 minute video, images are cut through either by the sound of the very same exercise, or by the image of the author practicing it. The wandering fingers perpetuate the movement, either pressing the continuous white keys, or the black intermittent keys that define themselves in opposition to the former.

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GENERAL ARTISTIC PRACTICE

My practice as an artist and video-maker attempts to investigate notions of identity, language, boundary, otherness, exile and displacement. I have explored such concepts in many different ways, by shifting from material to more psychological levels, and from individual to cultural points of view.

Using strategies of group participation and performance,

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CONTEXTS AND IDENTITIES IN THE WORK OF JOSÉ CARLOS TEIXEIRA: 2003-2006
The work of José Carlos Teixeira (Porto, 1977) is, in terms of both form and content, largely connected to the most pressing current issues, as three of his latest works, Touch I & II (2003), It’s OK (united) #1 #2 #3 – three steps to a (r)evolution (2004-06), and 38 minutes of anthropology (strangers to ourselves) (2005), clearly attest. These three devices combine performance, video and installation, in order to address, in one way or another, such issues and concepts as otherness or displacement, or the notions of limit and foreignness.
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