world building is a collective enterprise

‘World Building is a Collective Enterprise’ is a film project initiated during time in residence at Capacete, in Rio de Janeiro.


It was filmed over weekends spending time with a community of young dancers who rehearse KPOP (South Korean Pop Music) dance covers using the windows of the Museum of Modern Art, Rio, as mirrors. Following rehearsal, periods of hanging out, preparation, competition, and care, the project focusses on the act of building of a community as a generative space of resistance through elective assembly and shared interest. 


In a political moment in Brazil which is deeply dangerous for women, LGBTQ groups, people of colour, and working class communities, this community build a shared space through appropriating a globalised pop culture form, creating uniquely local conditions for a community of resistance and safety to exist.


Thinking through recursive stages of image-making as practice embeddied in bodies through repetition, on bodies through application of makeup, and of bodies facilitatated through the camera, I am working towards a film installation looking at the applications of collective creative practice creating spaces of care survival, re-coding publics in the city an tracelessly repurposing monumnetal structures of modernist national identity building. 


Focussing on moments of casual hanging out, the rigourous practice of routines,   the film work stages the act of rehearsal as a conjuring up of a desired world within the confines of the present. Currently I am developing the multi channel installation with Rozenstraat Gallery, Amsterdam, as a series of ‘rehearsals’ moments of openness in an ongoing process, serving to host visitors and initiate conversation.




made possible by the support of Capacete, the Mondriaan Fonds voor Beeldende Kunst, and the CBK Rotterdam

sol archer 2019