About the project
Invited to intervene in the glass facade of SESC 24 de Maio, Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation proposed a film installation entitled Social Transparency. As an investigation of the building’s transparent frontage, Social Transparency explores this imposing element in all its ingenuity and layers, inquiring about the obsession of bringing glass to buildings to ultimately unveil the everyday making of a society. The film brings together micro-narratives recounting how the facade was manufactured and assembled, revealing the origin of its components and trajectories of its suppliers, scrutinizing its technological and social performance: how, to whom and by whom it is maintained. To this end, Andrés Jaque and his team conducted research work, including a series of interviews with an interdisciplinary group of interlocutors, from the architects to the building’s cleaners and some of São Paulo’s prominent experts on urban and environmental issues. The video installation invites visitors and bystanders to reflect on how the most trivial aspects of a construction can disclose deep and unknown political, economic and social mechanisms.
Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation
Andrés Jaque, Marcos García Mouronte, Jesse McCormick, Eno Chen
Design and Installation Team
Roberto González García, Ludovica Battista, Marcos García Mouronte, Alberto Heras Hernández, Eno Chen, Paola Pardo.
Marcos García Mouronte, Eno Chen.
With Special Gratitude to:
Steve Chappell, Gabor Cseh
Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Ciro Miguel, José Paulo Gouvêa, Clarissa Mohany and Fernanda Teixeira (Baú – laboratório audiovisual Escola da Cidade)
Gerson Santos Nascimento