Renata Padovan_Brazil

Traffic Jam #1 Proposal

Through the internet the world has become at close range. Precise space/time localisation is now popular via satellite scans and the new generation of GPS devices. It is as if, such as the cartographer described by the Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges, we would like to span the globe.
The city of São Paulo has grown wildly, challenging any urbanist project. It spreads out occupying a vast area, and its whole becomes abstract in a sense that it is beyond apprehension.
For the Traffic Jam Project I intend to work with two different approaches to the idea of web: the chaotic and gigantic traffic net of the city of São Paulo together with the world wide web.


Renata Padovan is a Brazilian artist living and working in São Paulo. Graduated with a BA degree in Social Communications from Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo, later followed by an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, 2001. Renata’s work deals with concepts of mapping, time and space, and is realized in different mediums such as video, sound, photos, drawings and installations.
She has participated in several ‘artist in residence’ programmes in Iceland, Canada, Japan and in the UK.
Her work has been widely exhibited both in Brazil and abroad, in galleries, museums and festivals, including MAC-USP and Centro Cultural in São Paulo and Museu do Açude, , Paço Imperial and Espaço Cultural dos Correios in Rio.
Among the group shows: 2010 ‘Pocket Films’, Forum des Images, Paris; ‘Night of Festivals’ Liverpool, UK; ‘Semana de Cine Experimental’ Madrid; ‘Wonderland, actions and paradoxes’ Centro Cultural São Paulo; Videoformes, Clermont-Ferrand, France; 2009 ‘Unframed world’ MAC São Paulo; Director’s Lounge, Berlin;  2008  ‘Container art’, São Paulo, ‘Narratives  #2’ Centre d’art plastiques et visuels, Lille, France; 2007 ‘The Lucifer Effect’, Gallery Primo Alonso, London; 2006  ‘AirVideo 2’, Strike-on-Trent, UK; ‘Interações Urbanas’, Pelotas; ‘Pocket Films’ Centre Pompidou, Paris; 19 Instants Vidéo, Marseille, France; 2005 ‘Protest Academy’,  London; ‘Ocupação’, Paço das Artes, São Paulo; 2004 – Paralela, São Paulo; 2003 – ‘Chance Encounters’, Gallery 32, London; ‘Alternating Currents’ UECLAA, Colchester, UK.
The artist is represented by Baró Galeria in São Paulo.

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