Kika Nicolela

Kika Nicolela is a Brazilian artist, filmmaker and independent curator. Her works include single-channel videos, installations, performances, experimental documentaries and photo series. Graduated in Film and Video by the University of Sao Paulo, Kika Nicolela is currently completing a Master of Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts. She has participated of over 100 solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and US, including the Kunst Film Biennale (Germany), Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento (Argentina), Bienal do Mercosul (Brazil) and Bienal de Video y Artes Mediales (Chile). Her videos have been screened and awarded in festivals of more than 30 countries, such as: Milan International Film Festival, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Bilbao International Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Japan Media Arts Festival, Videoformes New Media & Video Art Festival, Internacional Videoart Festival of Buenos Aires and International Electronic Art Festival Videobrasil.

Face to Face. Was initially a video-installation in which various men and women answer to 5 questions concerning love. These people were left alone with a camera, facing their own image on the video monitor. The questions, written over a paper, approached different aspects of love and provoked the participants to reflect and expose themselves. During the exhibition, I gradually edited the recorded material and projected the video next to the recording cabinet. Later that video evolved to a 15 minutes single-channel video. The faces images that play in slow motion, added to the profusion of voices that alternate in both audio channels and the subtitles that translate them, defy the spectator: he must create his own narrative, combining his reflection to the material presented to him.

The Exquisite Corpse Video Project (ECVP) which is a unique video collaboration among artists from various parts of the world, inspired by the Surrealist creation method, the “cadavre exquis” or “exquisite corpse”. Using the semi-blind, sequential method of the surrealists’ game, ECVP participants create video art in response to the final seconds of the previous member’s work. Each member is asked to incorporate these seconds into their piece, creating transitions as they please, until everyone's vision is threaded together into an instigating final "corpse." Rather than providing a unitary linear narrative, in the project each individual artist interrogates - permeated by the diverse cultural backgrounds - a number of genres, tendencies and strategies, engaging in performative, documental, conceptual and poetic modes of representation, utilizing the characteristics of participatory platforms and new communication technology.

Exhibition at 1313 Gallery, Toronto, Canada; in the framework of aluCine Festival and at Pix Film Productions presented by Colectivo Toronto (ares-buzio-piller)