Márcio performed “False Memories” at the first Live Art for Børn festival. Working with a polaroid camera, various plastic toys and pre-produced cardboard speech bubbles, he went through a series of critical questions and answers about adverstising, toys and video games with his young audience. The rackety soundtrack, playing loudly in the background, was composed of the voice overs of TV commercials for children’s toys and the beeps and explosions of early video games.
In the Spring of 2016, Márcio co-curated COLAB Copenhagen with Live Art Denmark. For this project, eight artists form Africa, the Near East and Latin America were invited for a one month residency in Copenhagen. They teamed up with artists and scholars from Copenhagen, to research issues around the ways that memory, history and self-perception of individuals and states are constructed. The results were presented to the public in a series of four special COLAB Samtalekøkkener in spring of 2016 at Overgaden Art hall.
About the Artist
Márcio is an artist and curator of contemporary art whose projects are primarily focused on collective technologies and practices of remembering, and how they influence individual and group memory of past events.
His work examines public life and archives, autobiographical and collective memory, with a focus on acts of remembering and their biological, cultural and social influences. He uses performance art as a process-based practice and a tool to examine representational memories that are embedded in different urban and private settings. He translates the performative processes into works of film, drawing and photography, in an attempt to interrupt the ways hegemonic narratives create an idea and experience of the past, leading people to remember specific events and forgetting others, acknowledging the existence of Western technologies of knowledge and shuttering other forms of knowing, specially embodied ones.
Carvalho holds a master’s degree in performing arts from HZT/ UDK Berlin and a master’s degree in Visual Arts from ESAD, Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. He has shown his work and collaborated with communities on five continents.
Read more about his projects on this website.