The Fall - o exercício da queda 2012 Video Series
The Fall – o exercício da queda
Video Series

This video project stems from a highly personal premise and is based on a participatory and collaborative event.  Starting from the definition of “fall”, which in the English semantics adopts several meanings and interpretations, the piece advances into an investigation both visual and theoretical.

Considering the literal and performative potential of such concept, but also the symbolic and metaphorical connotations associated with it, a wide range of participants was invited to interact with the artist in a scenic space (a theatre stage). Embracing issues of otherness (both in its external and internal dimensions) the piece explores levels of truth, trust, staging, performativity and (self-) representation.

What does it mean to be on a stage? What gaze looks back at me? The final outcome is a quiet, intimate and yet powerful video-essay that incorporates words and gestures, consequences of one single request: to fall.


Born in Porto, Portugal, in 1977, José Carlos Teixeira is a visual artist and researcher.

As a Fulbright scholar, he completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio, at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), in 2006, after having previously studied at New York University (NYU), and the University of Basque Country (UPV), in Bilbao. He holds a BFA degree from the School of Fine Arts at the University of Porto (FBAUP), 2001.

Teixeira has been involved in various projects, exhibitions, festivals, and screenings both in Europe (Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, UK, Norway, Sweden, Russia, Lithuania, and Cyprus), and in the USA (New York, Los Angeles, Pasadena, Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, Tucson, Madison), as well as in Singapore, China, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, and Cape Verde.

His work has been shown in venues such as the Hammer Museum, LACE (Los Angeles); Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena); Art Interactive (Boston); Museum of the City of New York, Residency Unlimited (New York); MMOCA (Madison); Spaces (Cleveland); Le Grand Halle de La Villete (Paris); Württembergischer Kunstverein, Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart); Rosalux, Berlinerpool, DAZ (Berlin); National Center for Contemporary Arts (Moscow); M. K. Ciurlionis National Museum, Galerija Meno Parkas (Kaunas); Hélio Oiticica Art Center (Rio de Janeiro); São Paulo Cultural Center (S. Paulo); Casa Garden/Oriente Foundation (Macao); Museu FBAUP, Museu Soares dos Reis, Galeria Presença (Porto); Museu da Cidade, Fundação EDP, Fundação Carmona e Costa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Goethe-Institut, and Carpe Diem Arte e Pesquisa (Lisbon); to name a few.  His artwork is represented in art collections such as the Aberdeen Art Gallery Collection, UK; the EDP Foundation and the PLMJ Foundation Collections, Portugal.

He has been the recipient of many grants and awards, including the Fulbright/Carmona e Costa Foundation Grant, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation/FLAD Grant, UCLA Fellowships, Samuel Booth Award, D’Arcy Hayman Award, Fuso Video Festival Jury Prize 2011, and the 2005 EDP New Artists Prize nomination (Portugal).

In 2008-09, he was a fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (Germany), in Film/Video/New Media, and he recently developed residency projects at the MacDowell Colony (NH), and the Headlands Center for the Arts (CA).

Currently, Teixeira is the Champney Visiting Associate Professor, a joint position between Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art; from 2009 to 2011 he served as Assistant Professor at Escola Superior de Artes e Design, ESAD.CR (Portugal), and as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Art Department (WI), in 2012-13.