2013 | NYC | Artist
Otavio Schipper received a degree in Physics from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in 2003. The artist's practice includes the production of installations, sound pieces, sculptures, objects, drawings and photographs – the ensemble of which proposes an investigation into the realms of language, and the communication between objects. An example is ‘Mechanical Unconscious’, a sound installation consisting of a dialogue between old-fashioned telegraph machines, synthetic voices and telephone sounds, in which the limits between natural and artificial language are experienced. In recent works the artist has been exploring the nature of silence and the memory of sound, such as in “Empty Voices”, an installation composed by several bronze-casted tuning forks, presented in a prepared acoustic space.
He participated in the following exhibitions: “Arte Brasileira Hoje” (Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, 2005), the twelfth edition of the Salão da Bahia (Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia, 2006), the fifth edition of the Salão Nacional de Artes de Goiás (2006) and Nova Arte Nova (Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil RJ/SP, 2008). In 2007 he held his first solo exhibition “Edge of Folds” at the Galeria Millan in São Paulo and, in 2008, the solo exhibition “Fluid Trajectories” at Rio de Janeiro’s Paço Imperial. In 2010 he presented the sound installation “Mechanical Unconscious” at the Centro Cultural Maria Antônia in São Paulo and at Anita Schwartz Galeria in Rio de Janeiro. In 2011 he presented the installation “Empty Voices” at Art Basel Miami Beach, in Florida, USA.
Otavio Schipper’s 2 months residency (May-June 2013) is supported by the Programa de Intercâmbio e Difusão Cultural, Secretaria de Fomento e Incentivo à Cultura do Brazil. as well as a private collector from Brazil.