Cinza, Community meeting (2016)

There is a long process that leads to the stack of books atop the makeshift table of grupo cinza. Having interviewed residents of the Louvre building, the group sought to understand how they live and perceive this space, above all their conflicts of cohabitation. These are investigations of the environment: conversations and observations realized within the building, which motivate the project’s second stage, the writing of texts that fill out notebooks made for recording the minutes of a meeting. The research on the Louvre’s texts—notifications posted in the elevator, the building’s rules and regulations pasted on the wall, minute notebooks of condominium meetings and notebook of residents’ complaints—brought the group to consider what the louvre’s book could be. This doesn’t mean a transcription of conversations or description of observations, but creating fictions based on the facts and meetings between writers and the world of the condominium. The stacks of notebooks are sprawled out atop pieces of furniture found in the building, reutilized as an unsteady support that stores these documents, representing the very history of this space, embodying and giving visibility to the experiences of the people who pass through and live here. The video, screened on a gatehouse television, extends these questions to consider how people in other condominiums live. In the neighboring Copan building, windows light up and go out, following the possible fictions among those we see on the screen.

Texts by Gustavo Colombini and João Turchi in collaboration with André Felipe, Julia Pedreira, Renato Sircilli e Vinicius Garcia Pires.