Testare Nedistructibilă

Tecnica de ensaios nao destrutivos / Testare nedistructibilă / Nondestructive testing

um projecto para  B68-zona livre/espaço de arte
un proiect pentru  B68-zonă liberă/spațiu de artă
a project for  B68-free zone/art space

photo: Ana Lucia Nobre

de/by:  Ana Nobre

cu sprijinul / support:
– Asociaţia Tinerilor Artişti

Youth in Action Programme – European Voluntary Service

Nondestructive testing or Non-destructive testing (NDT) is a wide group of analysis techniques used in science and industry to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage. […] Common NDT methods include ultrasonic, magnetic-particle, liquid penetrant, radiographic, remote visual inspection (RVI), eddy-current testing, and low coherence interferometry. NDT is a commonly-used tool in forensic engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, systems engineering, aeronautical engineering, medicine, and art.


The square B68 is a public space for public art exhibition and presentations.

We assume that during this project all the events that occur in this space will be considered art performances and all objects that are installed there will be considered works of art by us.

As a starting point we have the text The Electronic Revolution by William Burroughs (http://archive.groovy.net/dl/elerev.html) in which he had explored some consequences of the apparatus of capture and playback of sound and image. He also describes some techniques to do it and some actions/experiments that he developed to prove it.

Citing an action described by W. BURROGHS:

Here is a sample operation carried out against The Moka Bar at 29 Frith Street London W1 beginning on August 3, 1972… Reverse Thursday… Reason for operation was outrageous and unprovoked discourtesy and poisoned cheese cake…

Now to close in on The Moka Bar. Record. Take pictures. Stand around outside. Let them see me. They are seething around in there. The horrible old proprietor, his frizzy haired wife and slack jawed son, the snarling counter man. I have them and they know it.

You boys have a rep for making trouble. Well come on out and make some. Pull a camera breaking act and I’ll call a Bobby. I gotta right to do what I like in the public street.

If it came to that I would explain to the policeman that I was taking street recordings and making a documentary of Soho. This was after all London’s First Expresso Bar was it not? I was doing them a favor. They couldn’t say what both of us knew without being ridiculous…

He’s not making any documentary. He’s trying to blow up the coffee machine, start a fire in the kitchen, start fights in here, get us a citation from the Board of Health.

Yes I had them and they knew it. I looked in at the old Prop and smiled as if he would like what I was doing. Playback would come later with more pictures. I took my time and strolled over to the Brewer Street Market where I recorded a three card Monte Game. Now you see it now you don’t.

Playback was carried out a number of times with more pictures. Their business fell off. They kept shorter and shorter hours. October 30, 1972 The Moka Bar closed. The location was taken over by The Queens Snack Bar.

We recognize the power of who is capturing image and sound, and we recognize this action as a performative action.


We were on the square during a month between 02.00 p.m. and 06.00 p.m., taking photographs and videos of everything that happens in the square during this period: passers-by, cars parking, cars and other objects that are in the square, etc. But our focus was on the drivers and cars that are parking in the square, in order to make them aware of their behaviour.

Our performance consists of the documentation of other performances.

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