Assume Vivid Astro Focus is a collective formed in 2001 in New York City. It consists of Eli Sudbrack (Brazilian, b.1968) and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson (French, b.1973). They also collaborate with other multimedia artists under the same name. The group combines installations, sculptures, paintings, and videos to create bright and colorful works that are meant to be a multi-sensory experience for the viewer. Sudbrack received his BA from Pontifica Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992, and Hamaide-Pierson graduated from the International Center of Photography in New York in 1999.

The collective name is a reference to the album Assume Power Focus by the industrial group Throbbing Gristle, and to the name of the alternative band Ultra Vivid Scene. Sudbrack formerly worked under the name Superastrolab until 2001, when he started to collaborate with Hamaide-Pierson. Many of their works have sexual as well as social and political undertones. One of their goals is to keep the viewers focus on the work itself by masking, literally and figuratively, the artists who contribute.

Their projects are meant to be experienced as they are in the moment; viewers are not meant to reference the history of the projects or the people behind them. In an effort to maintain the accessible nature of their work, Assume Vivid Astro Focus also have free downloads of their work available to print from their website. Their most recent solo exhibition, Cyclops Trannies, was shown at the Susan Geiss Company Gallery in New York in 2012. Assume Vivid Astro Focus works have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, P.S.1, Deitch Projects, Centro Contemporaneo La Conservera, Galerie Hussenot, Peres Projects, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, and John Connelly Presents. They are represented by Peres Projects in Berlin and John Connelly Presents in New York.

Timeline

Born anytime between the 20th and 21st centuries in various parts of the world, nomads.

Exhibitions

2007
assume vivid astro focus XIX, Hotel, London, UK (solo)
2007
assume vivid astro focus XX, Galerie Art: Concept, Paris, France (solo)
2007
assume vivid astro focus XVIII, Deitch Projects, New York, USA, Spring/Summer (solo)
2007
assume vivid astro focus XVIII, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA, Spring (solo)
2006
butch queen realness with a twist of pastel color, John Connelly Presents, NY (solo)
2006
OPEN CALL, Kunsthalle Wien project space, Vienna, Austria (solo)
2006
absorb viral attack fantasy, Hiromi Yoshii, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
2006
Art on Paper 2006, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC
2006
Kamp K48, curated by Scott Hug, John Connelly Presents, New York
2006
Constant Disturbance: On Cultural Contamination and Foreign AgentsCentro Cultural Español, Coral gables, FL, curated by Gean Moreno
2006
Faces, bodies and contemporary signs of Ernesto Esposito’s collection, Museo D’Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina (MADRe), Naples
2006
CITYZOOMS: New York, TBA, Bonn, Germany
2006
Tempest, curated by John Connelly, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, NY
2006
Contemporary Video Art from Brazil, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
2006
Ninth Tropical Night – Pablo Internacional, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2006
Trial Ballons/Globos Sonda, curated by Yuko Hasegawa, Agustin Pérez Rubio, and
2006
Infinite Painting, curated by Francesco Bonami and Sarah Cosulich Canarutto, Villa Manin Centre for Contemporary Art, Codroipo, Italy
2006
The Gallery Show, Extra City Center for Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Netherlands
2006
The Garden Party, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
2006
SuPERM Salon/Superhole Weekend Sundown Salon, Los Angeles, USA
2006
Group Show, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
2006
abra vana alucinete fogo, Galeria Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil (solo)
2005
Baroque and Neo-Baroque, curated by Javier Panera, Salmanca Contemporary Art Centre, Salamanca, Spain
2005
The Zine UnBound: Kults, Werewolves and Sarcastic Hippies (“K48”, curated by Scott Hug), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, USA
2005
Ecstasy: In and About Altered States, curated by Paul Schimmel, The Geffen
2005
Manchmal weiss ich nicht, ob ich etwas wirklich erlebt oder ob ich es in einem Film geshen habe, Goetz Collection, Munich, Germany
2005
op-ish, Samson Projects, Boston, USA
2005
Draw, Galerie du jour agnes b., Paris, France
2005
Off the Wall Series, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis (solo)
2005
HOMO CRAP #2, Galleria Massimo de Carlo, Milan, Italy (solo)
2005
assume vivid astro focus XII: butch queen realness with a twist in pastel colors (featuring Dick Jewell), Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK (solo)
2005
Seeing Double: Encounters with Warhol, Andy Warhol Museum of Art, Pittsburg, USA
2005
Growing up Absurd, Kent Institute of Arts and Design (Herbert Read Gallery), Canterbury, UK
2005
Drone, Vilma Gold, London, UK
2005
Colour My World, Riflemaker Gallery, London, UK
2004
assume vivid astro focus VII, Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
2004
Carnaval, Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2004
Works on Paper, Southfirst, New York, USA
2004
Cave Canem, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
2004
Cave Canem, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
2004
The 6th Annual Altoids Curiously Strong Collection, Consolidated Works, Seattle, USA
2004
Divided by Lightning, Deitch Projects, New York, USA
2004
Revenge of Romance, Temporary Contemporary, London, UK
2004
Nocturnal Emissions, Groninger Museum, Groninger, Netherlands
2004
The Stars of Track and Field are Beautiful People, Changing Role Gallery, Naples, Italy
2004
Byproducts of Work, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
2004
If You Believe Hard Enough…, Rocket Projects, Miami, USA
2004
assume vivid astro focus XI, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz Private Collection, Key Biscayne, FL (solo)
2004
Make It With You: A Slow Dance Club (collaboration with Los Super Elegantes), Frieze Art Fair, London, UK (solo)
2004
assume vivid astro focus IX, public art project for Central Park sponsored by The Public Art Fund, New York (solo)
2003
Corporate Profit vs. Labor Costs, D’Amelio Terras, New York, USA
2003
K48_Teenage Rebel: The Bedroom Show" curated by Scott Hug, galerie du jour/agnes b., Paris, France
2003
Impakt Festival, curated by Arjon Dunnewind, Utrecht, Netherlands
2003
Karaoke Death Machine, Daniel Reich, New York, USA
2003
Videodrome, curated by Nicolas Trembley, Cosmic Galerie, Paris, France
2003
Life/Like, curated by Oliver Kamm, Apartment 5BE, New York, USA
2003
Today’s Man, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2003
assume vivid astro focus VII, Deitch Projects, New York (solo)
2003
Hovering, Peres Projects, Los Angeles, USA
2003
Fast Forward (Media Art from the Goetz Collection), ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
2003
Study, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2002
Emerging Artists, curated by Simon Watson, Rhona Hoffmann Gallery, Chicago, USA
2002
K48_Teenage Rebel: The Bedroom Show, curated by Scott Hug, John Connelly
2002
Georges: Abstraction/Surface, curated by Nicolas Trembley, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2002
Coleções 3, curated by Néssia Pope, Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo, Brazil
2002
High Desert Test Sites, curated by Andrea Zittel, Andy Stillpass and John Connelly, Joshua Tree
2002
Vidéo Topiques, curated by Lydia Yee, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg, France
2002
Videodrome II, curated by Anne Ellegood, Dan Cameron, Anne Barlow and Johanna Burton, Zenith Media Lounge, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA
2002
Room for a Revolution, curated by Kristen VanDeventer and Lisa Williamson, Deluxe Gallery, Chicago, USA
2002
End of the Rainbow, Bellwether, New York, USA
2002
222: 2002: Stardust: Assume Vivid Astro Focus and Kalaman, curated by Anton Kern, Apex Art, New York
2002
Unknown Pleasures, curated by Daniel Reich, Daniel Reich, New York, USA
2002
Bathroom Group Show, curated by Daniel Reich, Daniel Reich, New York
2002
Face Value, curated by Lauren Ross, White Columns, New York, USA
2002
assume vivid astro focus V, peres projects, San Francisco (solo)
2002
assume vivid astro focus III, Bellwether Gallery, NY, USA (solo)
2001
Miss World 1972, curated by Daniel Reich, Daniel Reich, New York, December
2001
Alpha Flight, curated by John Connelly, John Connelly Presents, New York, USA
2001
Deslocamentos do Eu: O Auto-Retrato Digital e Pré-Digital na Arte Brasileira, 1976-2001, curated by Tadeu Chiarelli, Itaú Cultural Campinas, Campinas, Brazil
2001
São Paulo Turística, curated by Ricardo Resende, Museum de Arte Moderna Higienópolis, São Paulo, Brazil
2001
Biting Style and Spitting Image, curated by Diane Chamber and Denise Delgado, Bass Museum of Art, Miami, USA, June 15 - July 1, 2001
2000
To Be Continued, curated by Rebecca Smith and Matt Keegan, Bellwether, Art In General and Parlour Projects, New York, USA
1998
City Cannibal, curated by Daniela Bousso, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
1998
Recent Works from Project Antárctica Artes com a Folha’s Artists, Casa Triângulo, São Paulo, Brazil
1996
Excesso, curated by Daniela Bousso, Paço das Artes, São Paulo, Brazil
1996
Antárctica Artes com a Folha, Pavilhão Manoel da Nóbraga, São Paulo, Brazil