assume vivid astro focus

The artist collective assume vivid astro focus (avaf), consist of Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson. Eli Sudbrack: born 1968, Brazil. Lives and works between São Paulo and New York. Christophe Hamaide-Pierson: born 1972, France. Lives and works in Paris.

assume vivid astro focus (avaf) is an artist collective formed by the Brazilian artist Eli Sudbrack and the French artists Christophe Hamaide-Pierson, but they operate in a collaboratively field that goes beyond the two initiators.

Their use of an ever-changing team of contributors breaks with traditional artistic thoughts about authorship and artistic signature. Musical culture is an important component of the avaf project and the name is the result of a combination of two of their musical influences namely Throbbing Gristle’s album "Assume Power Focus" and the band Ultra Vivid Scene. The projects of avaf go beyond the boundaries of the traditional art object and takes form as large site-specific installations, performances and happenings. They work in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, photography and video and often use digital and reproducible techniques – like the work Butch queen 4-3 (2005) which can be manifested in different ways, sizes and locations. This work illustrates how avaf through their multifold references and psychedelic underground aesthetics examines our contemporary visual culture.


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