Love Lettering, 2002

Still: Courtesy the artists | Galeria Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo

Single-channel video installation, color, sound
6 min 22 sec
Produced by Museu de Arte da Pampulha, Belo Horizonte

Transformation and fluidity are the underlying theme of Rivane Neuenschwander's video works, which she produced in collaboration with her brother Sergio Neuenschwander. In Love Lettering small goldfish swim back and forth in bright blue water with little flags delicately attached to their tails. Some have isolated words or a few small fragments of familiar phrases expressing love, loss, and longing, such as, my love, sweet, my dear, eyes, talking, kissing, hands, mouth, miss, London, come, today, you, here, night, wish, hotel. The words carried by the fishes begin to form syntactic elements and reveal conceivable fragments of a love letter. The video's soundtrack by the Brazilian band O Grivo, is made from fragments of mechanical and organic sounds such as popping soda bottles, insect movements, raindrops, and acoustic string instruments amongst others.

Rivane Neuenschwander: *1967 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil | Living and working in London, United Kingdom and Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Sergio Neuenschwander: *Belo Horizonte, Brazil