Fleeting Speeds is an exhibition by Portuguese artist Ricardo Meireles. According to the artist, its purpose is to show that “the world moves on and on, changes and evolves”. The project presented here tends to synthesize a way of observing the city. The important thing is to realize where we live, the memories and identity that this place has. People are constantly on the move while these spaces tend to be permeable.
Introducing a moment of pause within these urban flows into Macau makes it possible, once again, to get involved and absorb the environment that in some way has been ignored and/or disregarded. “We allow ourselves to observe through elements of the city, in social, cultural and contextual means in connections within transit spaces, whether they are streets, squares, alleys, courtyards and at various moments the variation in scales, speeds of movement and transport that converge, diverge, by whatever means; pedestrian, bicycle, motorcycle, automobile, buses. Stop, look and observe”, Meireles states. The exhibition is opened to public at Creative Macau gallery.
The exhibition is divided into three different sections. There is photography, which registers the movement of the pedestrian flows, in a testimony that focuses on a certain perennial element of the city, whose characteristics of which it is part of the local memory, of its identity as façades, fences, symbolisms where people’s movement fades, movement in the city at different points. The second part focuses on video resulting from a search to understand how the urban movement is processed, sporadic flows in different places of Macau, slow, other fast ones with greater volume of people who pass, wander, seek. On the other hand, other times when that section of street there is without more register of people. The third and last section is of installation results from photos taken around Macau, in search of characteristics of the place, parts of forgotten memories, the process of time about things, what surrounds us. Shown in individual panel formats, these images are presented in a plural context. In front of these images, suspended acrylic slides makes a mediation between what is observed and who observes. Finding a means of recognizing the images through a half-reflecting filter that lets it transpire at the same time reflects the observer. “I watch, I’m a part” is its motto.
When: December 3–31, 2018
Where: Creative Macau, G/F Macau Cultural Centre Building, Avenida Xian Xing Hai
How much: Free admission
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