Exhibition "As Measured" by Adalgisa Campos

Sat25Nov(Nov 25)10:00Wed12Jun(jun 12)19:00Exhibition "As Measured" by Adalgisa CamposExhibition "How to Measure" by Adalgisa Campos at the São Paulo City MuseumLane Farm | Museum of the City of São Paulo, R. da Consolação, 1024 – Consolação - São Paulo - SP


In 1790, the French Academy convened a group of five scientists to establish measurement and volume parameters, in order to avoid regional variants and personal interest spread across the European continent. After five years of investigations, the criteria were established by decree of law, in a total of six decimal units (meter, acre, stereo, liter, gram and franc), gradually implemented in the French colonies – but not without fanfare.

And what were the criteria for defining these units? Despite constant changes in these determinations, a meter, for example, was considered as one ten millionth of the distance between the Equator and the North Pole, starting from the city of Paris – a measurement protocol not far removed from medieval times, in which a The league was equivalent to the length of the toe of a man considered large, up to his middle finger, with the limbs stretched vertically and horizontally. Between the comings and goings for the consecration of these measurements, the geopolitical clash generated stands out, as their British and American counterparts rejected such definitions precisely because of the Paris election as the primary reference for measurement parameters (each country wanted to establish itself as a reference, and there is no agreement to date).

Curiosities aside, the fact is that such definitions, no matter how much universality of spatial determination is sought, are above all established paradigms for the development of the scientific universe. Therefore, its nature is more abstract than concrete and its founding fathers, Eurocentric men (such as the Italian mathematician Fibonacci, or the French religious figures Gabriel Mouton and Jean Picard, the Norwegians Simon Stevin and Christiaan Huygens, among others, throughout history) .

It is from this perception that the artist Adalgisa Campos Over the course of more than two decades, it has been subverting a series of protocols and conventions for scanning the world, taking its body (feminized, white, cis) as a dimension reference and giving this practice the name Measurement Collection.

It is a set of bowing actions based on a variety of techniques and supports linked to the formal vocabulary of drawing, graphics, constructs, and applied to architectural spaces (private and public), ranging from exhibition spaces to places of residence of the artist over the years, extending, from time to time, to objects, structural items of spaces and her own body. Poetic architectural plans, decentralized cartographies and anatomical simulacra take shape gesturally and acquire uniqueness not only through the plastic methods and results, but mainly because they were executed by a woman who distorts the norms of patriarchally established spatial delimitation.

The set, under construction ad continuum, had rarely been exhibited, largely due to its documentary, monumental and procedural character, and in this exhibition the Collection not only presents a large portion of its archive (including indexing subgroups of work by colors sui generis to the artist), but establishes a fortuitous dialogue with Chácara Lane, which is integrated as another location in the Collection. With its eclectic architecture from the 19th century, a symbol of the ostentatious vocabulary of the coffee elite along with Presbyterian missionaries, the place allows the establishment of layers between Adalgisa's “diary” of measurements and the concrete nature of the building – which had been a house, school, officeoffice and today it is a cultural apparatus.

Collection of Measurements is like a large sketch, a materialization on a 1:1 scale of the artist's processes, of negotiation between the body and its materiality with living spaces, highlighting both the biographical, affective and temporal marking aspects of memory , but also the scope of spatial organization praxis – and, consequently, the modern impulse to control the world.

Exhibition | How to Measure
From November 25th to June 12th
Monday to Friday, 10am to 19pm, Saturdays, 10am to 14pm


November 25, 2023 10:00 - June 12, 2024 19:00(GMT-03:00)


Lane Farm | Museum of the City of São Paulo

R. da Consolação, 1024 – Consolação - São Paulo - SP

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