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species in a gallery

As part of the exhibition ‘I am Braziliality’, (part of Hackney Wicked festival, in East London) our collective Franco Turner Tchais exhibited the first ‘gallery’ experiment of our project Introducing new species.

We did a video and card box installation based on our on going action in a derelict building and also in the experiment that was done with card boxes as part of the ‘sharing art’ project.

The video installation consisted on 3 videos, which were titled Analogy (on human species), Anatomy (on vegetal species) and Integrity (on artistic species).


sharing art video

shared art!

In 1971 Gordon Matta-Clark cofounded Food, in Soho, NY, with Carol Goodden, a restaurant managed and staffed by artists. The restaurant turned dining into an event with an open kitchen and exotic ingredients that celebrated cooking. The activities at Food helped delineate how the art community defined itself in downtown Manhattan.The first of its kind in SoHo, Food became well known among artists and was a central meeting-place for groups such as the Philip Glass EnsembleMabou Mines, and the dancers of Grand Union. He ran Food until 1973.

Artists were also invited weekly to serve as guest chefs, and the whole dinner was considered a performance art piece. One of the most fabled, costing $4, was Matta-Clark’s “bone dinner,” which featured oxtail soup, roasted marrow bones and frogs’ legs, among other bony entrees. After the plates were cleared, the bones were scrubbed and strung together so that diners could wear their leftovers home.

“It looked like an anthropological site,” said the artist Keith Sonnier, another guest chef and a member of the extended Food crowd, one that also included members of Philip Glass’s ensemble, dancers from Trisha Brown’s company and other artists like Robert Kushner and Donald Judd, who lived in SoHo before it was called SoHo. 

“You have to realize at that particular time in New York,” Mr. Sonnier added, “people did not eat bone marrow.”

But while it was ahead of its time as a restaurant, it was also a perfect expression of its scrappy, hippie era, when many young artists and creative people in New York and elsewhere had little money for good food — and few options adventurous enough for them anyway. The same year, 1971, Alice Waters founded Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., as “a simple little place where we could cook and talk politics,” sparking a fresh-and-seasonal-foods revolution in America. In 1973 a collective of artists and communal farmers founded the Moosewood Restaurant, the vegetarian standard-bearer, in Ithaca, N.Y.

Mitchell Davis, a vice president of the James Beard Foundation and an adjunct professor in New York University’s food studies program, said that while restaurants like Food bubbled up from the counterculture, their influence eventually changed mainstream culture. “These people were not on the path to being chefs or restaurateurs or professional food people,” he said. “They were like: ‘Hey, we like to cook. We can do this. Why not?’ And in doing it they ended up knocking down all these barriers of wealth and class and status in the restaurant world.”

Without realizing any of that, we created SHARING ART. Our project consists on 2 artists and a cook developing art pieces related to each other and as a site-specific work based on a house.

Our first edition happened on sunday 20th of March and was a success. some photos below.









Our intention is to exhibit art in a house, instead of in a gallery space, creating a different atmosphere for viewer. Having as a starting point the house itself, we invite 3 artists, one being a cook, to collaborate and develop a site-specific work.

The exhibition happens bimonthly and it lasts only one day, from 1pm to 10pm on a sunday.

People are invited to go the house to appreciate art an food.

Sharing art is a project created by Bianca Turner and Luciana Terepins.



About Braziliality

Braziliality is a non-for-profit cross-cultural project, showcasing artworks from Brazilian artists and the art from international artists inspired by Brazil, creating a 360 degrees perspective of the contemporary Brazilian art and culture influence around the globe. Our mission is to support new art particularly using technology and new talents that are inspired by and related to Brazil.

Braziliality started in July 2008 and until July 2010 presented over 144 artists from 21 countries had their work showcased in 23 exhibitions that attracted over 1’345 people in the Private Views. More than 5’360 people have seen the exhibitions that happened at the16mm Deli Cafe & Screening Room in Soho. In those two years Braziliality worked in partnership with Jungle Drums Magazine, Leros Magazine, Record Television, Canal Londres, Latin America Bureau, ABC Trust, Visual Brasil Festival in Barcelona, Deslocamentos in Berlin, Fourth Plinth Pedal Power project, Planarama, Abelha Cachaca and Favela Chic and we hope to be working with many more interesting people, business and organizations.
In 2010 Braziliality stopped the monthly exhibitions to plan its second phase with the creation of this website and a project plan. Braziliality is opening a new membership scheme for the artists offering tailored consultancy for their international careers, informing about jobs and news from relevant art events. Braziliality will produce as networking events and exhibitions and it will work together Brazilian organizations and events in Europe.

The project was created by Alicia Bastos and now it counts with the curatorial knowledge of Pier Tosta and production designer Bianca Turner.

more about the species

I will explain more about our collaborative project “introducing new species”

It is an ongoing collaborative project between me, Milo Tchais and Rapha Franco. The work is taking place in a derelict building in SW6, London.

The idea is to explore the artistic and biological possibilities of the site, adding new plants to the soil and combining this action with spray-painting on the wall. We intend to entroduce new life and new possibilities of art and critical though to this environment.

The building has been empty for many years and there is a wide range of weeds growing there, as well as countless graffiti-artists that visit and visited the place throughout the years… We are planting new plants species (few types of ivies and mixed flower seeds) to the site and combining their growth process with forest-like paintings (by Milo).

My work has to do with the documentation of the process by film and photos. As is a long project, directly related to the time the plants take to grow, it needs a good documentation. I’ve posted already the video I’ve done from the first visit we’ve done, and I am currently working in the next one.

This series of photographs are from Rapha Franco, he does this kind of series work, with different locations in which he is working on.

new species

Our project “introducing new species” is getting bigger and every time we go to the factory is a new experience! the site changes so fast with the collaboration of the species, is in beautiful and very interesting.

In our last visit Rapha found a tomato tree and blackberries, and we were even able to eat some… it wasn’t the planted by him so the origin of these trees stays a mystery…. We pretend to have more 2 ou 3 visits before presenting these projects for art galleries to be able to show what we’ve done and to continue to adapt this work in different sites.

my documentation of our last visit:

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