Derek Hart  

A Maravilha do Rio de Janeiro
2002, single / multi-screen video, variable duration, no sound (excerpts).

In 2002, the Brazilian television network TV Globo conducted a state-wide survey called A Maravilha do Rio. Using dynamic aerial sequences shot from a helicopter, the television survey asked the people of Rio de Janeiro to vote for the most beautiful of six iconic locations: the Lake, Guanabara Bay, Maracană football stadium, Sugarloaf Mountain, Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, or the Christ the Redeemer statue. Facilitated by TV Globo, and drawing from practices of 1960s and 1970s experimental film, A Maravilha do Rio de Janeiro re-shoots the six locations from the same TV helicopter but with fixed-camera, hovering or performing a single, formal movement, buffeted by air currents as it manoeuvres. The embodied, durational images are projected onto suspended screens / in turn onto a single suspended screen. This work explores televisual language and collective identity and can be understood as a continuation of the original survey.

For the exhibition 'Remote' (Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, 2006) curated by Dr Vince Dziekan (deputy associate dean of research, Faculty of Art & Design, Monash University, Melbourne), this work also included in separate spaces a looped screening of the original feature as shown on TV, and an 'extra' embodied, durational, fixed-camera shot: the TV helicopter hovering dangerously close over one of Rio’s notorious favelas. A Maravilha do Rio de Janeiro is discussed in detail by Dr Dziekan in his article: ‘Distributed spatial practice, as applied to the art of exhibition’: pages 12-16 ‘Curatorial design: Remote exhibition and detailed example (Derek Hart, A Maravilha do Rio de Janeiro)’, published by InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, Dec 2007 issue 11, University of Rochester, New York. Also, in 'Virtuality and the Art of Exhibition: Curatorial Design for the Multimedial Museum by Vince Dziekan, Intellect Books 2012.

Link to InVisible Culture article.

Link to 'Remote' exhibition curator's statement, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Vol 16, Issue 4–5.

View in the exhibition 'Remote' (2006), Plimsoll Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania.