Anti-Horário (Counterclockwise) (2011) is a video installation, and a "wall-clock," that addresses the cyclical movement of human existence and the poetics of duration and perception. Anti-Horário combines several layered elements (the earth, a child, an adult couple, and the sky) moving at distinct cadences, registered from the same point of view that results in a disorienting analogic clock. While the child covers a circular movement like the clock's second hand, the adults represent the minute hand. With each revolution, the child causes the couple to move foward, representing the passage of time as well as the cycle of life. [End Page 428]
The "clock" uncannily proceeds at a unified pace, as if reordered by the latent narrative of time itself. Unlike the classical narrative of film, Anti-Horário is a looped montage that continues Motta and Lima's recurring explorations of temporality and the suspension of time. For the artists, their task is not to replicate or simulate reality, but to produce concrete systems of phenomena and artificial images that make evident that the perception of the real is partially constructed. [End Page 429]
Gisela Motta and Leandro Lima's partnership began in the late 1990s. They have since used various media and modalities, including video, object, light, and interactive technologies to create highly constructed situations that emulate organic behavior, synthesize natural phenomena, and provoke ambiguity despite their apparent objectivity. Solo exhibitions include venues such as the Galeria Vermelho and Sesc Santo Amaro in São Paulo; HIAP in Helsinki; Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil in Rio de Janeiro; Maman No Pátio in Recife; and others. Motta and Lima's recent group exhibitions include the 10th Havana Biennale; We Used to Be Painters at Plan 9, Bristol; I/Legítimo at MIS, São Paulo; and Aktuelle Videokunst aus Brasilien at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. Awards include the prestigious Marcantônio Vilaça prize; a commission from the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami; and the Incentive bursary of the Sergio Motta Art & Technology Awards.