Manual for the construction of a cart as a device to elaborate social connection
Edited by Octávio Camargo & Brandon LaBelle
Surface Tension Supplement No. 3

72 pages (english/portuguese)
ISBN: 978-0-9772594-7-2

Without realizing, suddenly, there you are - in a place, within a given time, and things come together. A sense of exchange, a contact made, something spoken and returned in another's speech. We might say, a dialogue starts that includes all sorts of content: stories of growing up in Los Angeles, another about playing guitar late at night with friends, and still others that are just comments, about the weather, or about where to go for lunch (potatoes?) – voices pass back and forth to find or create a space for sharing. Something grows.

De repente, sem que sequer se dê conta, você está aí: num dado espaço, num certo tempo, e as coisas reunindo-se, acontecendo a teu redor. E há então o contato feito, o intercâmbio, e já se percebem no discurso do outro os reflexos de alguma coisa que se disse. Começa-se um diálogo que inclui todo tipo de assunto, tocar violão, histórias sobre haver crescido em Los Angeles, as condições climáticas ou até mesmo possíveis lugares para almoçar - batatas? E enquanto isso, vozes nos rodeiam, vozes que buscam gerar um espaço de compartilhamento. Algo se expande.


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.