THREE STUDIES ON NATURAL PRINCIPALS AND FUNDAMENTAL FORCES OF NATURE
Open Gallery Space, 355a, Bowery, Manhattan. NY
The Ancient Greeks believed that all things are made of the four states of matter: Earth, water, air, and fire. Couto brings together objects and three of four videos based on each of these estates. The installation is one outcome of a year project that remains in motion: The investigation of the natural principles and fundamental forces of nature.
Água (Water) is a study on the principle of entropy. The film proposes a return to the formless state of the body. The viewer confronts strong entropic elements. Organic and inorganic nature seems to move towards an orderly balance, yet, by the laws of physics, especially the First Law of Thermodynamics, which refers to the conservation of energy, all things in the universe tend to go from order to disorder. In work, such transformation is a cyclical movement of life and death.
Gravitation could be thought of like a downward pulling force, but Couto is more concerned with it as a pulling together between two bodies. The environment and the body thought of as an assemblage, become a place of exploration of a new unity.
In Conservation of Energy, the body (matter) is questioned as potential energy when challenged by minimal-almost absent motion, an extended period of exposition to high heat and steam, and the effort to hold a bull's heart in the hands.
When shown together: 3m 15s. Loop. 2014-2015
Conceptualized and Produced by Simone Couto
Edited by Marcos Kuzka Cunha, Marianna Olinger and Simone Couto
Sound Design by Marcos Kuzka Cunha