Ricardo Iazzetta & Estúdio Bijari
»Várzea« (2006)
Video, color, sound, 9:17 min
Courtesy the artists



Screenplay and direction: Ricardo Iazzetta e Estúdio Bijari Creative team: Ricardo Iazzetta, Rodrigo Araujo, Maurício Brandão, Giuliano Scandiuzzi, Frederico Ming, Gilberto Topczewsky, Geandre Tomazoni, Flavio Araujo
Choreographer: Ricardo Iazzetta Art direction: Estúdio Bijari Cameras: Giuliano Scandiuzzi, Frederico Ming, Gilberto Topczewsky, Mauricio Brandão, Osmar Zampiere Actors/dancers: Aguinaldo Bueno, Deborah Furquin, Eduardo Fukushima, Key Sawao, Lara Pinheiro Dau, Marco Xavier, Nilson Muniz, Osmar Zampieri, Renata Aspesi, Ricardo Iazzetta, Roberto de Alencar, Vanessa Guillen
Football players: Antonio Felismino da Silva, Carlos Eduardo Barbosa, Eduardo José Carvalho, Flávio Augusto de Paula, José Mario Ferreira, José Ribeiro Barbosa, Osvair Pelissari, Newton de Godoy Editing: Estúdio Bijari Costumes:  Renata Cavallari Original sound track: Mano bap e equipe de criação Violins: Atílio Marsiglia Drivers: Hamilton Araújo, Valdir Cortêz Secretary: Nalva dos Santos Thanks to: Associação atlética guaiaúna, Nego Zamba, Francisco Ruiz, Almir Alves Badilho, Lino Gonçalves, José Carlos Gonçalves, Gabriel Alves Badilho, José Antônio Rosa da Silva, Adriano Pereira Neto, Rivaldo Macário, Edno Rodrigues, Eldes Barauna, Antônio Marcos Cardoso, Alexandre Menossi, Gustavo Godoy, Eduardo Fernandes, Olavo Ekman, Sandro Akel

Ricardo Iazzetta & Estúdio Bijari

JUNE 17 – JULY 7, 2009

Invited by Solange Farkas (director and curator: Associsção Cultural Videobrasil; Museu de arte Moderne da Bahia)

»Várzea« (2006)

Cities: fixed and flowing.

Brazilian geographer Milton Santos1 defines space as a dynamic configuration of fixed and flowing aspects. We are aware that the dynamics that inhabit and ceaselessly reconfigure the urban space contain various forms of power. Flat or grooved, the space becomes an arena for clashes and tensions, some of them silent and gradual, and others not quite.

It is in this context – the city as a constantly mutating field of tensions – that we may place the work of the Bijari collective. That is no different from the »Várzea« video (2006), awarded at the 16th edition of the International Electronic Art Festival SESC Videobrasil, in São Paulo.

Bijari turns the city into a huge amateur football field. The territory of the seasonally flooded areas in which football was typically played, in peripheral areas (várzea), invades the centre, creating a superimposed »network-territory« that has us thinking about the multiple relations between centre and periphery in the present-day context.

Whenever boundaries become too fluid and spaces become network-territories (those created in a reticular and discontinuous manner), the experience of the cities begins to harbour multiplicities. We may also consider Bijari's video from the perspective of those multiplicities. Sports narration, typical of Brazilian television and radio stations (providing a soundtrack of sorts to Sunday afternoons, when many matches are broadcasted), receives a touch of irony that draws a parallel between the competition typical of football games, and the modes of survival in the cities.

1 Milton Santos (1926-2001), a Brazilian geographer who approached different issues pertaining to space and society, thus boosting critical thinking in the field.

Solange Farkas

Website: www.bijari.com.br