Surface Tension

exhibitions supplements

Following the publication of Surface Tension: Problematics of Site in 2003, Surface Tension appears regularly as a series of published Supplements (launched 2006) that continues the artistic and philosophical program initiated in the original anthology. The series addresses questions of site-specific art, public and architectural space, and location-based practices, supporting investigations onto public practices through writing, documentation, and field work, while questioning what role such practices can offer in defining contemporary culture.

series editors: Ken Ehrlich (Los Angeles) and Brandon LaBelle (Berlin)

Surface Tension Supplement No 1
Surface Tension Supplement No 2
Surface Tension Supplement No 3
Surface Tension Supplement No 4
Surface Tension Supplement No 5
Surface Tension Supplement No 6


Octávio Camargo & Brandon LaBelle, Introduction: Circuits / Introdução: Circuítos

Brandon LaBelle, Counterparts / Contra-partes

Ines Schaber, Varied Beautiful Types of Fruits Replacing Chicken Legs – On Rituals and Practices in a Common Space / Várias Frutas Belas no Lugar de Pernas de Galinha – Sobre Práticas e Rituais em Lugares Públicos

Octávio Camargo, The Axle – Rodado / O Eixo – Rodado
(photos: Alex Cabral)

Octávio Camargo, Interview with Mineirinho / Entrevista com Mineirinho
(photos: Josina Mello)

Jennifer Gabrys, Circulating Carts, Salvaging Connections / Carrinhos em circulação, Conexões de coleta

Ken Ehrlich, Cart Index

Margit Leisner, Transposição de site specific: um veículo para limpar o espírito da cidade / Transposition of site specifics: a vehicle for cleaning the spirits of the city

Ricardo Basbaum, "Would you like to participate in an artistic experience?”: critical novel, archive as membrane / "Você gostaria de participar de uma experiência artística?”: romance crítico, arquivo como membrana

Rubens Pileggi, Deu é Amor "Go(d) is Love": The collecting of quotidian exploits / Coleta de façanhas cotidianas: Deu é amor


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Supplement No. 3 - Manual for the construction of a cart as a device to elaborate social connection
Edited by Octávio Camargo & Brandon LaBelle
ISBN: 978-0-9772594-7-2

Extending artistic research and work taking place since 2006 in Curitiba, Brazil, the publication brings together documentation and related texts that aim to elaborate on the question of finding common space. At its core is an engagement with communities from the local favelas that subsist on traversing the city in search of recyclable materials. Occupying this economic margin, a number of informal expressions arise, from the making of hand-built carts to the circulation of urban myths. Originally as an exhibition developed between international and local artists held at Ybakatu Gallery in Curitiba, the publication raises pertinent questions, such as, what are the consequences of an artistic practice aimed at developing commonality, and how might difference and disparity find productive manifestation in built form?

With contributions by Ricardo Basbaum, Alex Cabral, Octávio Camargo, Ken Ehrlich, Jennifer Gabrys, Brandon LaBelle, Margit Leisner, Josina Melo, Rubens Pileggi, and Ines Schaber.