Neon Copacabana / Vava Ribeiro

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Neon Copacabana project by Brazilian photographer Vava Ribeiro

Destroy the Computer / Alan Turing

Destroy the Computer_TuringToday is the 101 birthday of Alan Turing (23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), a mathematician best-known for helping decipher the code created by German Enigma machines in the Second World War, and for being one of the founders of computer science and artificial intelligence. He was a visionary (a hero to Google), a long distance-runner (capable of world-class marathon standards), and a gay man before his time.

A lot can be said about this great man, nevertheless this woman has chosen to draw on his name in order to object to gay marriage. Last week, in the midst of the nationwide protests, the Brazilian congressional human rights committee approved Feliciano’s “gay cure” law that would allow psychologists to treat homosexuality as a disorder or pathology.

War above culture, religion above politics, spectacle above education… Über Alles # Fuck Off

Belo Monte dam(n)

When the Portuguese arrived in the area which is now present-day Brazil, the American Indian population was over 5 million. European disease and other factors decimated the indigenous population reducing them to the thousands. The Kayapo are one of the Native American Indian groups that survived and have resisted assimilation by the European invaders.

These days thousands of the Kayapó tribe are forced out of their native land, since Brazil’s president, Dilma Vana Rousseff, has announced the ‘at any cost’ construction of the pharaonic Belo Monte (!) dam, on the Xingu River in the Amazon.

The world’s third-largest hydroelectric dam will be a global ecocide, as flooding  400,000 hectares of the world’s largest rainforest can libarate massive amounts of methane gas and destabilize tremendously river’s vast biodiversity.

Take action and support tribe’s unequal fight :

Chief Raoni Txucarramãe of Kayapó tribe web page.

Sign an online petition here.

Survival for Tribal People  

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Ceremonial bracelets made by Kayapó tribe, buy here.

Urban Quilombo

Photos from Brazilian quilombos, by Spanish photographer Sebastian Liste.

Don’t Believe the Hype

Wall titled, “Don’t Believe the Hype” by the Brazilian twin brothers and street artists Os Gêmeos (aka Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo), part of the exhibition “Viva la Revolucion: A dialogue with the urban landscape” organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego 2010.

Tapumes – Casa dos Leões

Installation made from found woods by Henrique Oliveira,  for 2011 Bienal do Mercosul, Brazil.

Oliveira uses tapumes, which in Portuguese can mean “fencing,” “boarding,” or “enclosure,” as a title for many of his large-scale installations, like this one here.

Homeless / Vjsuave

A wall animation by Vjsuave aka Brazilian duo Ceci Soloaga and Ygor Marotta

Célula Nave

C’élula Nave (It happens in the body of time, where thuth dances), is Ernesto Neto’s  intallation designed for the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and staged during the “Brazil Contemporary” exhibition (2009). Neto is considered one of the most promising Brazilian artists that relate to the work of of Hélio Oiticica (1937-1980) and the 1960s movement of neo-concretism. This is a sensory installation calling the visitors to immerse themselves to a fluid, smooth and cellular symbiosis… after they have taken their shoes off

More info on the exhibition Brazil Contemporary

and the making of the Célula Nave

(Photos 2-3 from Pachango´s Gallery)