Alicia Felberbaum

visual artist

UNDER the SPIDER [2011]



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From the series Expondo




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Last Day of Summer is a compilation of random moments filmed in Hampstead Heath, a public space, without people being aware. By capturing someone in a particular situation, Alicia Felberbaum uses editing to enable her to entirely manipulate the context and create a new narrative.

Only after viewing the rushes was the narrative  created unravelling a story within the footage. This short movie is part of a collection of works produced by the artist using this specific technique,

Film in Hampstead Heath, a public space. Michel Foucault, the French thinker, writes that privacy is a key problem of modern life. We can look in Facebook and learn about people’s social life, or Google them and discover where they work. Privacy may be already over.

Wish You Were Clear [2009]

Video 03“00′ 

There is no perception which is not full of memories. With the immediate and present data of our senses we blend a thousand details out of our past experience. These memories displace our actual perceptions, of which we then retain only a few hints, thus using them merely as ‘signs’ that recall to us former images.

Music: Michèle Rusconi – Performer: Heidi




NOT the SILENT SEA [2009]

Video Animation 01′54′ 2008 

Hearing is the primary sense for marine life, which uses sound for navigation and communication. Some scientists believe the spreading “acoustic smog” is essentially blinding marine life, affecting feeding, breeding and other crucial activities. Forget the notion of the silent deep sea. The ocean is a noisy place filled with the sound of human activity – an aquatic wilderness that is becoming urbanized. Noise is a natural part of life in the oceans, but human activities have cranked up the volume blocking animals’ communication and disrupting feeding.

2009 Water Preserves, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY, USA – Water Preserves Installation, DMA Gallery Alfred State College. Alfred, NY



Video 03″00‘ 2009 



July 2009, Berkeley Commonplace Community Screening Center. Berkeley, California, USA.
Organized By: Marty McCutcheon.

• Berkeley Commonplace Community Screening Center, Berkeley, California, US



Video 03“00′ 2009 

It is through our bodies that we perceive and make sense of the world. The experience of sensations in lost limbs provides two contradictory realities simultaneously: the reality of a living limb and of its destruction. These are illusions that may represent an attempt at restoration of the sense of unity and cohesion of the self. The Venus de Milo displays body ideals, as well as deviance. Her disability is mute, we don’t have a vision of a disassembled body, but the Euclidean ideal of it.

Performer: Heidi

2009 November, Dança em Foco Festival Internacional de Vídeo e Dança. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Two girls, listening to music in a bar, caught my attention while exchanging some notes with a guy sitting on a sofa. Apparently they didn’t know each other. I decided to film them despite that the light conditions were very poor. While drinking and reading the note, his face become very expressive. I watched him intensively but I couldn’t decode the messages on the note, nor the relationship with the girls. His face became like a mask I could not penetrate.

This encounter, from which I was just a voyeur, got me really intrigued and I conjured lots of stories in my head trying to decipher what was written in that little note.

A deliberate ambiguous piece, for others to focus on what it is unseen or unsaid.





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Video 06″00‘ 

Portrait of a Silent Worker, part of the Expondo series, is about our “blindness” which blocks out the view of the  cleaners’ daily routine around our cities. The maintenance workers personal identity is lost: they have became invisible. In this portrait, I attempted to recover the visibility of the women that cleans the trash from a public toilet by stressing their movements as a performance art.

Recorded in a public toilet at 29ª Bienal de São Paulo, Brasil.


March: 700IS 2011, Portraits of…  FORMVERK (Sweden) selection, Iceland.




LANDING [2011]



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LANDING was part of Fragments, Collaborative Project @ The Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY, April 5-8, 2011 

Curated by Michael Chang (Copenhagen, Denmark), Marty McCutcheon (Berkeley, California), and Jan Kather (Elmira, New York)

Sound: Apollo 11 – Landing on the Sea of Tranquility – July 20, 1969.




EXPONDO [2010]

Video 06″00‘ 

“Social blindness” blocks out the view of the maintenance workers’ daily routine around our cities. Their presence is hardly acknowledged while  their personal identities are lost.
EXPONDO was recorded at 29ª Biennale de São Paulo, Brazil, a space dedicated to the appreciation of the visual. The biennale is an international exhibition space where a wide audience transits to appreciate contemporary art works. The cleaning and security staff, that interacts daily to maintain  those spaces, is practically invisible.
In EXPONDO, Alicia Felberbaum attempts to recover the worker’s visibility highlighting their routine movements and presenting them as art performance acts.



May 18: TOPOVIDÉOGRAPHIES, Montreal, Cananda

March 10 – April: Collaborative Work, George Waters Galler, Elmira College Campus Center. Elmira, NY. USA.

December 01-12: Traffic Jam#1: São Paulo. Espaço Matilha Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil // group exhibition

Images from EXPONDO, the Performance by Suia Legaspe at the opening night December 01, Traffic Jam#1: São Paulo. Espaço Matilha Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil   more…

The Dance of the Medusa [2010]




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A satire short movie inspired by Imogen C. and Alfred H. Music: Bernard Herrmann, from the film Vertigo by A. Hitchcock. 

2011- Screening April 14 :  Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, Ciclo de Video Arte, Auditorium, Argentina. (ECVP vol 3)


Today Another Day_01

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Russia, Sankt-Peterburg, St Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress


In “Undressing Room” Felberbaum used a combination of animated stills and documentary open source archive material from the camps filmed in the immediate aftermath of World War II. The video borders between animation and documentary as a device to approach the paradox to be able to ascribe meaning to that which explodes the structure of meaning itself. Working In between layers of reality, she strived for a more nuanced and “poetic” demonstration of the events and experiences. The ambiguous nature of the work is an attempt for the audience to bring its own interpretation and experience to the screen.

People arriving to the camps in Auschwitz, were told to undress in preparation for showering. They left their personal effects and queue in the undressing room before entering the rooms with signs saying “baths” and “sauna”. Its furnishings were meant to simulate a shower room. To avoid panic, they were given a small piece of soap and a towel and were told to remember where they had put their belongings. The shower room was a large room with rows of exposed water pipes and sprinkler-type showerheads on the ceiling. The water was hot, the pellets had to be heated before they release the poison and the heat of the bodies caused the gas to work faster.


– May 19-21: CologneOFF 2011 Baltic Sea, NCCA – National Center for Contemporary Art, St.Petersburg, Russia.
– March 31 – April 2: CologneOFF 2011 – ARAD, Art Museum Arad, Romania (Curated by Wilfried Agricola De Cologne)
– February 18-19-20, 2011. The 6th annual Carnival of e-Creativity, India (CeC 2011) (Curated by Wilfried Agricola De Cologne)
– December 11- 12 2010 on Dehli International Arts Festival (Curated by Wilfried Agricola De Cologne)
– June 2010: Selected for CologneOFF 6th edition of Cologne International Videoart Festival by an international jury.
– January 27 2010: SHOAH Film Collection, Videochannel. (online. Curated by Wilfried Agricola De Cologne)


The Phonecall [2008]

Video.01″30′  2008 

A phone call can change the directions of our lives. The unexpected loss of a loved one can stir vivid memories of a shared past.

The imagery explores, metaphorically, how physical spaces are remade when imprinted on personal narratives that remained in the mind.

Direction and concept_Alicia Felberbaum | Music_Michèle Ruscon | Performer_Rachel Alkalay Sternberg

May 16, HEP2009 Ceramic Museum, Caldas-da-Rainha, Portugal.

April 17-25, HEP2009, La Sala, Cigunuela, Spain.

April 4th April, HEP 2009 Brancaleone Club, Rome, Italy.

February 24-March 9, HEP 2009_Melbourne

Passage [2010]

Video 03’29 ‘ version 2010
Video 01″12 ‘ version 2009Time, space, the space in-between, rhythm… “Passage” is about my concern with the experience of time, and the analogy between time and space. Time and space come together, they are inseparable, and in film you always have to deal with both of them.Passage: French version 


Weekend. : English version


| June 4 – July 19, 2009 Arsenale Novissimo, Tese di San Cristoforo. Venice, Italy |

| February, 10th – 20th, 2011 | The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge | Windows curated by Kika Nicolela

There is a similarity between the formation of our ego, which according to Lacan happens during what he calls the “mirror phase”, and the identification process that takes place as the audience looks at the film screen. Although the spectator is always located in the place of the film camera, the cinema apparatus is omitted, since the classical cinema is always in service of verisimilitude.
The only element that can give everything away is the frame, the screen, the window that contains the image. It’s what limits the identification of the viewer with what it’s being seen; thus the recurrent attempts to place the spectator “inside” the movie, “wrapping” the image around him – 3D, Imax, virtual reality and, more recently, expanded reality.
But what makes the classical cinema so appealing is the fascination over the act of looking itself and the fetishist objectification of the image. Movies such as Rear Window, Peeping Tom and Blow Up have very successfully dealt this this subject.
Interestingly, over the years I have noticed a particular element that is recurrent in many artists’ videos, and also exerts a special attraction over me – the window. In this program, I have selected some videos that approach this theme in various ways, exploring its multiple facets: the window to gaze into or to gaze from it; the window framing a certain reality, or through which one looks into an imagined world; or the window itself used as a metaphor, or in analogy with the cinema screen or the camera viewfinder.
Kika Nicolela

There and Back [2008]

Video 02″45′ 2008 

Music by Matthijs Vos

There and Back is an experimental video mixing multiple genres were the characters have been through a bad dream (there) and back from it.It is about the undercurrent fear we live in the world today and was loosely inspired on the book “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy. A man journeying across a post-apocalyptic landscape, experiencing a world in severe trauma after a great, unexplained cataclysm. Civilization has been destroyed, along with most life; the precise fate of the rest of the earth is not made clear, though the implication is that the disaster has affected the entire planet. Ash covers the surface of the earth; in the atmosphere, it obscures the sun and moon, and the traveller breathes through a mask to filter it out. As in Cormac McCarthy’s book he aims to reach the sea and reunite with his son. Adapted material form The Last Man on Earth, 1964. Director: Ubaldo Ragona (Creative Commons License: Public Domain).


April 29-May2: Artists Cinema, Art Beijing Contemporary Art Fair , Beijing, China.

January 16 – March 14: Beijing Contemporary Art Centre, AFA – Beijing, HEP, Beijing, China.


Athens Video Art Festival. Athens, Greece.
HEP2009 Ceramic Museum, Caldas-da-Rainha, Portugal.
Naoussa International Film Festival. Naoussa, Greece.
Videoformes 2009, Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Water Preserves, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, NY, USA.
Water Preserves Installation, DMA Gallery Alfred State College.
Alfred, NY. Rural Research Laboratories, Elmira, NY, USA.

December: Culture TV.