The Fall, o exercício da queda (video stills), 2012. Single-channel video installation. 08:09 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.

Madison, WI


José Carlos Teixeira’s work combines performance, documentation, and video art. By creating environments where multiple voices are heard, cultural differences are examined, and the boundaries between private and public are breached, Teixeira facilitates meaningful moments of social discourse and exploration. For The Fall, Teixeira’s recent video-essay, the artist documented participants’ responses to his request that they “fall.” Is the act of falling the result of a physical or emotional hardship, of succumbing to the force of gravity or temptation? Or does falling have more abstract connotations, such as experiencing freedom or love? The Fall reveals the varied understandings underlying an act charged with meanings that are literal and symbolic, performative and personal. 


José Carlos Teixeira was born in Portugal in 1977. He received his MFA in Interdisciplinary Studio from the University of California-Los Angeles in 2006. He was recently artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, New Hampshire) and at the Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California). He was also a fellow-in-residence for a year at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany where his installation work focused on film, video, and new media. Teixeira recently accepted the Champney Family Professorship, a joint position at Case Western Reserve University & The Cleveland Institute of Art, after being Adjunct Faculty in the Art Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Assistant Professor at the Escola Superior de Artes e Design in Portugal until 2011.