Os Pontos Cardeais Acrobatas
The Acrobatic Cardinal Points | Cosac Naify | São Paulo, Brasil | 2013

 

Por trás da brincadeira da cama de gato está a admiração por inventar com as mãos desenhos onde os vértices são nossos próprios dedos. Há uma delicadeza em sustentar um jogo, sem competição, onde o objetivo é apenas inventar figuras, desenhar. A qualquer momento, o participante corre o risco de ver sua trama virar um nó.

 

Este projeto começou no Japão, quando encontre​i em 2008​ uma revista que vinha com uma Pinhole 3D de montar. Com esta câmera fiz alguns zines até concluir o livro. Cada mão numa página, as linhas sobrevoando a superfície do papel, foram as imagens que desejava ver impressas.

 

A leveza das mãos não revela as posições nada naturais no momento de fotografar. Produzimos perto de cinco sessões de fotos até conseguir a textura, a luz e a escala das imagens.

 

Sobre as linhas fotografadas fiz uma intervenção gráfica - talvez por força da editora que queria ver personagens. Desenhei letras equilibradas na "corda bamba". Convoquei os pontos cardeais do teatro de Vicente Huidobro. Recorri aos arames do Calder e às coleções de Sol Lewitt.

 

Além do efeito tridimencional, tive de rever operações simples como o folhear das páginas e o manuseio do livro. A cama de gato nunca foi minha especialidade, tive de reformular o jogo e retraçá-lo numa narrativa gráfica. Enquanto as mãos entrelaçam diferentes estrelas, os pontos cardeais tecem um arco-íris, uma rosa dos ventos ou uma torre.

 

 

(PT) Livro 3D, feito de 23 anáglifos mostram o jogo da "cama de gato" enquanto os pontos cardeais tentam formar a rosa dos ventos sobre a linha. Impresso em 4 x4 cores, livro cartão, 46 páginas, 15,8 x 19 (H) cml, óculos 3D incluídos. Fotos de André Brandão. Entrevista para Cosac.

 

Entrevista para Picturebook Makers:

 

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(EN) 3D book, made with 23 anaglyphs, show the game “cats cradle” while the cardinal points trying to form the compass rose over the strings. Printed in 4 x 4 colors, board book, 46 pages, 15,8 x 19 (H) cm, 3D glasses included. Photos by André Brandão.

 

Interview to Picturebook Makers:

 

The first of the two books I will talk about in this post is called ‘Os Pontos Cardeais Acrobatas’ (The Acrobatic Cardinal Points). This project began on a trip to Japan in 2008 when I found a magazine that came with a cutout 3D pinhole – one of those unbelievable Japanese objects. When I got back to Brazil I produced a series of publications made with this machine and also some 3D drawings. I often start with small fanzines and sketches that I can consult in order to design a book.

 

The challenge was to use 3D language as a poetic device and not just a magical effect. It was also essential to consider the book as an object, with simple things like sheets superimposed, bound and folded to one side, with the intention of being able to leaf through from one side to another – a device I am always returning to in my work.

 

Behind the cat’s cradle game is my admiration for creating drawings with the hands in which the vertices are our own fingers. There is a delicateness in keeping the game going, without competition, where the goal is only to create figures. The players can afford to risk, at any moment, seeing their figures dismantled or becoming a knot. In this book, each hand is located on one page. By leafing through the pages, the hands touch each other like in the real game, and the lines fly over the book. That was the image which I pursued and wanted to see in print.

 

With the help of a photographer friend and assistant designer, we carried out around five photo sessions in a studio to get the texture, the light and the size of the images. We also captured the texture and the colour of the curtain and the lines, as well as the gesture of the hands (curiously this led us into unnatural positions at the time of shooting). In my childhood, the cat’s cradle had never been my speciality, so it was necessary to study the game – learning from specialised books to get a sequence of steps to be shown throughout the book.

 

On the photographed lines I decided on a graphic intervention. Perhaps by virtue of my motivation as an illustrator, I created characters balancing on the tightrope. It reminded me of a play that takes place on the moon by Vicente Huidobro (a Chilean poet who inhabits my depths), where four trained cardinal points are presented.

 

After personally seeing Calder’s circus in MoMA’s collection, as well as the books of Sol LeWitt, it became easier to realise these single characters. While hands play to make stars with the string, the cardinal points dance with each other and become a rainbow, a compass rose, a tower, and various other things.