Brazil – Switzerland / Duration 16m 59s / 2009
Actus proposes a reflection on representation and narrative. It presents a continuous shot that shows a couple trapped on its bizarre routine. Once the scene ends, the actors start repeating the same dialogues and action, while the camera – without cutting – shoots the scene from other angles, changing the audience perception. The scene happens 3 times in row, and in the third time the camera pans to reveal the crew and the filmmaking apparatus – shattering the illusion of representation. The video was the recipient of the Best Video Award at FIVA International Festival of Videoart (Argentina) and of the Piracicaba Art Salon Acquisition Award (Brazil).
Kika Nicolela is a Brazilian artist, filmmaker and independent curator. Her works include single-channel videos, installations, performances, experimental documentaries and photography. Graduated in Film and Video by the University of Sao Paulo, Kika Nicolela also completed film courses at UCLA University and is currently doing a Master of Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK).
She has participated of over 100 solo and group exhibitions in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, UK and US. The artist was the recipient of several prominent Brazilian grants and awards, including the 2012 Award to Visual Arts Project by São Paulo Arts Council in 2012 and 2006, 2011 FUNARTE Contemporary Art Award, 2011 Piracicaba Art Salon Acquisition Award, 2010 Exhibition Abroad Award by the Biennale Foundation and the Brazilian Ministry of Culture, 2007 Production Grant by the Recife Arts Week and the 2006 Exhibition Grant by the São Paulo Cultural Center.
Her videos have been screened and awarded in festivals of more than 30 countries, such as: Kunst Film Biennale, Milan International Film Festival, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Bilbao International Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Japan Media Arts Festival, Videoformes New Media & Video Art Festival and International Electronic Art Festival Videobrasil.