A mata B [A kills B] is the title of the exhibition that the artist collective A kills B (founded in 2007 by Hugo Canoilas and João Ferro Martins) conceived for two spaces at the CAM, the Multipurpose Room and the Temporary Exhibitions Room. It is a project that explores and extends the conditions of the creative process adopted by the two artists, which are simply but effectively stated in the mathematical formula 1+1=1.
The Multipurpose Room is undergoing a structural transformation, a progressive emptying of the components that define it as a theatre to host Ifigénia e Isaac, an imagetic action which convokes the arts of the stage (opera and theatre) and the artistic practices of performance, installation and sculpture. In Ifigénia e Isaac [Iphigenia and Isaac], A kills B reactivate two founding narratives of Western culture - the sacrifice of Iphigenia (Euripides) and Isaac (Old Testament) -, conceiving an object that is initially materialized in a staging device and a performance event that brings together on stage four actors, four singers and twelve musicians.
The Temporary Exhibition Room presents Cena [Set], an installation that is constructed in permanent dialogue with the staging device of Ifigénia e Isaac, simultaneously questioning the performative status of this museological space and the perceptive and performative potential of the visitor/spectator.