video, music and masquerade: Kaleta/Kaleta, an immersive installation
by Emo de Medeiros, uses masks from Benin, made in China, and electro
culture in a participatory venue with ambiguous performances.
by the artist who improvises a visual concert within a space
delimited by four screens, actors, video and music all liaise.
on many different video sequences consisting of choreographic
gestures, documentary extracts, and visual and textual motifs edited
in loops, Emo de Medeiros produces plastic and acoustic
reconfigurations triggering (de)framings, (de)colorizations,
(de)multiplications and other space-time contexturations.
These hybrid and hypnogenic effects are created in real time by the
set of digital instruments.
arrangement is designed to transir/trance
the audience by giving rise to its participation: masks, among other
things, are made available to the public to this end.
tradition of the Kaleta
is a unique mix of carnival and Halloween, invented in Benin by
Afro-Brazilians in the 19th
century. It is exclusively performed by troupes of young boys during
the Christmas period; masked, they go from house to house to dance
and play makeshift instruments in exchange for small gifts. This
transcultural phenomenon is very like the hybridization introduced by
globalization, digitization and the socio-technological gamut
required by the principle of contexturation,
a central notion in the work of Emo de Medeiros.
randomizations and audio-visual counterpoints all give rise to a
celebratory interpretation and experience of the Kaleta,
transgressing cultural, aesthetic, geographical, historical and
Accessible on presentation of a ticket for admission to the exhibitions on view at the Palais de Tokyo