Durational Rope Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

Durational Rope

Performance with the artist duo QUARTO

26.4 2014


This work is a performative exploration lasting several hours, in which the artist duo QUARTO, using a kilometrelong rope, challenges the notion of what a body is capable of. QUARTO is a Swedish/Brazilian duo: Leandro Zappala and Anna Mesquita.

26 April 2014
At 13–18
In the exhibition Christodoulos Panayiotou: Days and Ages

Curator: Karin Malmquist


What is a thing, an object? How does it interact with a body, a subject? A rope, for instance, is one thing if we use it to tie something up or hold it together, and something entirely different if we use it as a whip. Thus, the object in itself does not exist, it is merely a function. In a five-hour performance, a 1000-metre rope is manipulated to generate a tension between body and rope through constant motion. The physical exertion, on the verge of the unbearable, gradually peels away our notions of body and object, ego and drama.

The artist duo Anna Mesquita and Leandro Zappala have created interdisciplinary art together since 2003, under the name of QUARTO. They live and work in the borderland between the two radically different cultures of Brazil and Sweden. Their performance works are open and unfinished. The encounter with the audience is essential, for it gives rise to resonances that lead to new events. Two trilogies have been produced by QUARTO since 2006. Each piece is independent but is also part of the whole. The performance work Beauty of Accident is the final part of the trilogy BEAUTY, which is now being developed into two new pieces: Durational Rope and Rope Installation.


Artistic direction, choreography, concept & performance: Leandro Zappala
Choreography, concept & performance: Anna Mesquita