PROBLEM becomes alive again, this time, at the artsdepot in London, and so, the last days have been quite hectic with general preparations, but also some special adaptations and updates. First, the receipts printer got refurbished. It had received a couple of hard blows in Portugal and became a bit wonky. After some intensive arduino and thermal printer hacking surgery, there it was again, alive and rolling, now with a fancy hard card box! uuuuuuuuuhuuuuuu
Today's morning was quickly spent transporting the "machine" to North London. Sara helped me big time, and then went back up to sleep, something which I so badly wanted to have done as well... The driver - Attila - was this good humoured Hungarian guy, who told me he had come the day before from Hungary, driving for two days in a row, with only two hours of sleep! Anyway, he was really nice and even showed me some Hungarian music in the way there. Callum awaited our arrival with Christian, Ben and Cátia, whom I met today for the first time. They were the ones who spent the day with me, helping with the installation. Thank you guys! During the lunch break, Cátia showed me around the area for a little bit. I'll be here the whole week, so I better find where the nice places to eat are!
In the morning, maths was the main call, for we had to find a decent regular way to divide all the prints through the walls. Those were from the previous "experiment" in Portugal, so people's problems can be seen in transparent acetate, accompanied with a copy of their little translated receipts. Bit by bit, the "monster" raised from the floor up and I noticed Christian was very excited with the prospects of using it as soon as possible. The whole thing only came to realisation at the last minute before we had to leave, but he's going to do it next week for sure!
Having returned home, I still had to finish some recordings with Sara, in order for everything to be complete and ready for the opening tomorrow. The last editing stunts and electronic preparations kept me up for way longer than I expected... "why does this always happen?!". It's three in the morning, five hours of sleep ahead, yet still curious and excited. Which problems are going to come up?
When someone says that they have a problem, you imagine perhaps that they are stuck with a complicated situation, that something is tricky, sticky, or even 'funny'. We feel as though life stops before a problem, as things get entangled and cease to work. It is a blockage, a barrier, an insurmountable impossibility!
However, the idea of a problem is actually based on an action and, in fact, a quite physical one. The Greek verb probállō is composed by pro- (forwards) and bállō (to throw). So, in PROBLEM, Rodrigo challenges you to rescue the proactive nature of what problems should be. Throw some punches at your own problems! In this interactive audiovisual installation, name any problem you may have: "My tea is cold", "Brexit gives me headaches", "Loneliness", "Sneaky pesticides in my food", "I can't find my socks", "Social inequality" etc.
Problem is a call to action, and a reminder, for we often forget we have a body; one that is simultaneously physical, biological, animal, social, cultural, political… From the smallest to the biggest, from the simplest to the most complex, abstract or unfathomable, every problem is welcome to be thrown forwards, towards a sense of unity.