Michel Groisman

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body, borderline experience
Performing Arts (performance)
America, South
Rio de Janeiro
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May 22, 2003
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Michel Groisman
Michel Groisman


Body installations

The Brazilian action artist Michel Groisman stages his own body in sculptural motion-pictures designed for art galleries and museums. With the machines he constructs, he relates the movements of parts of his body one to another in extremely slow sequences of movements. In other projects, Groisman integrates visitors via games into mutual actions with their own arms, legs and feet.
Michel Groisman´s aim is to transcend the narrow limits of art languages. In his subtle performances the Brazilian action artist relates his own body to the public, making viewers willing participants.

´Tear Weaveair´ for instance is a performance in which Groisman lets a laser-beam, coming from his mouth, wander slowly along his body with the help of small mirrors, breath-protection masks and devices which he calls shoe-adds. Participants, too, are invited to work with these shoe-adds, according to Groisman´s adage: ´While I am weave-airing, you are feet-pairing!´

In the action ´Sirva-Se´ (Help Yourself) co-players use bands to fasten cups to their bodies, vertically to their brows and horizontally to their thighs. The aim of the game is to find out how they could and should move in order to pour water from one cup into another.

In the card-game ´Polvo´ (Octopus) the bodies of the spectators serve as raw materials for the performance, and they discover a new relationship to their own and others´ bodies. ´You don´t know how many arms or legs you have, what an arm or a leg is, because you become a kraken.´


Exhibitions 2008

Exhibition / Installation,
Body Work, Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy

Exhibitions 2007

Exhibition / Installation,
Porta das Mãos - Michel Groisman e Sung Pyo Hong, MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Porta das Mãos - Michel Groisman e Sung Pyo Hong, Museo de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand - MASP, São Paulo, Brazil; Ulay Babait (Maybe at Home), Pyramida Center for Contemporary Art, Haifa, Israel; Foto 90, MAM - Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Exhibitions 2006

Exhibition / Installation,
Colección Fotografía MAM, IVAM Institut d´Art Modern, Valencia, Spain; Alegoría Barroca en el Arte Contemporáneo, MAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile; Marcela Levi and Michel Groisman - Fierce! 2006, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, Great Britain

Exhibitions 2004

Exhibition / Installation,
No lo llames Performance = Don’t call it Performance, El Museo del Barrio, New York City, USA

Exhibitions 2001

Exhibition / Installation,
Colecções II, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.


Dance - Performance - Music

(24 May 06 - 04 June 06)


Transforming the arts

(30 May 02 - 14 June 02)