love me boy
kill me machine
The director and performer João de Ricardo, due to the second year of residency of Cia. Espaço em BRANCO in the Usina das Artes project, presents the performance in the process Love me Boy Kill me MACHINE. The performance is presented once a month at CÉREBRO, room 504 of Usina do Gasômetro, current headquarters of Cia. Espaço em BRANCO and is scheduled to take place over ten months.
Each month a new version of the work takes shape in front of the public, this being the eighth presentation: Love me Boy Kill me Machine version 8.0 The option for a work that goes through time points to the paradox of dissolved spectacle / dense life, an idea central to João de Ricardo's work. By betting on a methodology where preparation and presentation merge, the artist maintains the raw energy of creation, sharing with the audience the pleasure and surprise that emerge from the meeting. João de Ricardo radicalizes the authorial character of his work by signing the text of the performance, in addition to the other plastic-sound fields that make up the performance. LOVE me BOY KILL me MACHINE continues the creative processes of the artist in front of Cia. Espaço em BRANCO, such as Extinction (2004), Andy / Edie (2006), Teresa and the Aquarium (2008), Man Who Doesn't Live from the Glory of Past (2010), Anatomy of the DOLL (2011), RodrigoFAGIA (2015) among others. LOVE me BOY KILL me MACHINE was written between the years 2006 and 2008. It is a letter sent to the future about the gay body and how the “system” installs itself in the hearts of men as a death machine. In the text we have intertextual operations in the clash between two mirrored identities: Alan Turing and HAl9000. Alan Turing was a scientist, mathematician, father of computers and computers and a pioneer in the study of Artificial Intelligence who, due to being gay was condemned and forced to undergo chemical castration treatment, committing suicide at the age of 41. A real life character. The other is Hal9000, an elegant voice, a supercomputer, a character coming from science fiction, a villain always remembered for sophistication and coolness in Stanley Kubrick's classic film "2001: a space odyssey". Alan's dream and nightmare. At a time when right-wing trends rise in international politics reflecting on acts of extreme violence against LGBT populations, more than an art action, LOVE me BOY KIll me MACHINE stands as a manifest of love in the midst of so much death.
Performance, text, videos, sound and production: João de Ricardo
Collaborate with the project: Filipe Catto, Betina Ventu, Raphael Jacques, Eduardo Dávila, João Gabriel Om, Guilherme Pereira, Julha Franz, Bruno Gularte Barreto, Andrew Tassinari, Alexandra Dias, Cecé Pereira and Pedro Braga.
Photos: Pedro Braga and Bruno Gularte Barreto
Photos from version 7.0 by Pedro Braga