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NUMINOUS  (adjective)  Having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity. id 17th century: from Latin numen, numin- ‘divine will’ + -ous. (Oxford dictionary, 2018)

Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post columnist, who was a senior editor at Time magazine, opens his article for World View on September 21 with the following affirmation – “We’re entering the run-up to perhaps the most important election in the Western Hemisphere this year.” The spirituous words choices of the columnist picture the former army captain who ended up being elected as the next president of Brazil, as someone who like Trump, has “[…] marshaled widespread disaffection to build a viral, anti-establishment movement” and promises sweeping, bludgeoning reform […] while pandering to a socially conservative base of voters, particularly an increasingly influential bloc of evangelical Christians. As Chayenne Polimédio (the deputy director of the political reform program at New America) in an analyses for the The Atlantic GLOBAL on January 24, 2018 points out, under the dictatorship, Brazil’s evangelical community largely stayed out of politics. Nevertheless, as the dictatorship crumbled, Brazil’s evangelicals came to recognize their new strength considering, as Polimédio reaffirms, democracy as a “numbers game” while growing their army of the faithful. As Chayenne Polimédio underlines, in May 2016, the same month former Brazilan President Dilma Roussef was impeached, the next elected president was in Jordan and on May 12 a prominent leader of the Assembly of God and the head of the Christian Social Party, baptized him in the Jordan River. Polimédio considers this was his most important act in formalizing his relationship with Evangelicals – a relationship he spent the early part of this decade cultivating. 

Adding a seemingly surrealist layer to this conversation we propose ‘POLITICAL CRYSTALS: NUMINOUS HASHTAGS’ is an artistic exercise where the artist invites to consider the sarcastic numinous aspects of Brazilian presidential elections. Combining parametric modeling generative strategies for data visualization with digital fabrication the work consists in the generation, production and exhibition of small jewelry like 3D printed ‘political crystals’ using as rawdata (input) in a Grasshopper script Twitter hashtags related to Brazilian 2018 presidential elections. From one perspective, the 3D shapes can be seen as aggressive and  sharp materialization of online hashtags' wars that included metadata tags as such as  #brasilacimedetudodeusacimadetodos (a slogan of the Brazil's new far-right president) #elesim #mudabrasildeverdade #chupapetralha #mulherescombolsonaro amog others. From another perspective, the translucent 3D shapes and its sophisticated data based generative modeling evoque sublime and numinous aspects of natural crystal cluster such as quartz crystals, while hiding the dramatic force of a manipulated faithful army in spreading hate discourses against minorities, defending a populism that returns to its fascist origins in Latin America. The aesthetic reference to quarts is intentional. Pure quartz is transparent or translucent. Naturally occurring quartz crystals of extremely high purity, necessary for equipment used for growing silicon wafers in the semiconductor industry, are expensive and rare.  The largest documented single crystal of quartz was found in Goiaz, Brazil  – righ there in the region where back in 1985, at a gathering, the leaders of the Assembly of God announced they would begin endorsing and supporting candidates to run for office and thus be part of the Constituent Assembly who wrote the new constitution for the democratic Brazil. At the gallery space an everyday changing 'political cristal' small collection is exhibited togeter with the running related grasshopper script showing the metamorphic generative processes updating the shape geometry according to new twitts of the hashtag used as input.

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