trocandofigurinhas2020

Trocando Figurinhas

(Swapping Stickers)

2020 - ongoing

by Gabriel Pessoto and Nicole Kouts

blog; daily posts

trocando figurinhas (swapping stickers) is a project developed by Gabriel Pessoto and Nicole Kouts. Both of us work and live in São Paulo (SP, Brazil). We have been working on the action estamos trocando figurinhas (we're swapping stickers), since May, 2020, where we're building up a dialogue based on a daily image exchange. Each day, one of us adds a new image answering to the previous post. A blog was created to store this collection of images, since this action is meant to last for a long period. 

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To translate/materialize this proposition into images, we made the video "trocando figurinhas: operação piloto" (swapping stickers: pilot operation), a record of the instructions being put into practice. The instructions present a group of actions to be done in pairs in which a random text (generated by any online tool) is created. By collecting images from online search tools, each word in the text is replaced by an image. A “visual letter” in video is edited by compiling the collected images and, finally, can be sent to a remote recipient.To translate/materialize this proposition into images, we made the video "trocando figurinhas: operação piloto" (swapping stickers: pilot operation), a record of the instructions being put into practice. The instructions and the visual letter can be requested by the e-mail: trocandofigurinhas2020@gmail.com

Trocando Figurinhas: operação piloto

(Swapping Stickers: pilot operation)

2020

by Gabriel Pessoto and Nicole Kouts

video

72'

color, sound

trocando figurinhas: operação piloto was awarded at the ArtConnect's Magazine Open Call "Correspondence".

https://www.artconnect.com/magazine/correspondence-winner-announcement/

 

Interview: Visual Dialogues with Nicole Kouts and Gabriel Pessoto; interview by Julianne Cordray - ArtConnect Magazine

https://www.artconnect.com/magazine/visual-dialogues-with-nicole-kouts-and-gabriel-pessoto/

 

Curiatorial text by Brunno Silva | Art Connect Magazine | Open Call "Correspondence"


"Swapping stickers is a performance with clear and simple activation instructions: two participants generate a random text and subsequently engage in a word per word illustration online search, the result is a encrypted visual poem that contains very little of its origins. Whilst considering the video recording alone, the artwork displays a familiar scene where two people that, although in communication, remain in isolation with their own computers.
The growing use of images and gifs for communication is seemingly unstoppable, thus the artwork’s sole use of images is illustrative of the shortfalls of human communication, regardless of media or form. It represents our constant pursuit to reduce this distance. Alan Turing’s love letter generator (1952), considered by many as the first work of New Media Art, explored how a computer could attempt to emulate a human romantic voice. 2020’s swapping stickers is a performance that extends the exploration of communication between humans and machines, and all their interferences."