Tales Frey

Finite Counting for Infinite Variations (2017)


Tales Frey, Finite Counting for Infinite Variations2017. Photos, 5 x 7 cm each. Edition: 7 + 2 P.A.


Finite Counting for Infinite Variations is a durational performance grounded on the notion that identity cannot be presented as a fixed unit; It is in constant construction, always multiplying in moving identities, with which we identify only temporarily.

The action is based on the work “Pose Work for Plinths” (1971) by Bruce McLean and culminates in a creation that relates performance, sculpture, contemporary dance and the musical style noise. In space, we see 3 plinths – on which the performer does poses incessantly -, a microphone, a pedal (looper) and a sound amplifier. In addition to the varied poses, the performer counts in ascending order, with his voice amplified, for each one of the postures erected there, avoiding repetitions of corporal compositions, varying voices and impulses in his grimaces. It influences and is influenced by external and internal stimuli. The looper is triggered at the beginning of the counting, gradually registering the tangle of numbers that add up and become noises.



Performance art by Tales Frey | Production: Cia. Excessos | Length: 60 minutes


Tales Frey, Finite Counting for Infinite Variations, 2017. Video, 3’40’’




[2022] SESC Campinas. Campinas-SP, Brazil.

[2019] Fórum Internacional de Gaia 2019. Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.

[2019] FIT – Festival Intenacional de Teatro de São José do Rio Preto. São José do Rio Preto, SP, Brazil.

[2019] 22èmes Rencontres Traverse Vidéo: “L’Expérimental recherche/art”. Musée des Abattoirs. Toulouse, France.

[2019] SESC Jundiaí, Jundiaí, SP, Brazil.

[2018] In Loqus: Mostra de Performance. Curator by Marcos Villas Boas. SESC Santo Amaro, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.

[2018] SESC Vila Mariana, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.

[2018] Limiar. SESC Bauru, Bauru, SP, Brazil.

[2017] Singular Look: An Invitation to New Perspectives. Pinacoteca João Nasser, Catanduva, SP, Brazil.

[2017] SESC Registro. Registro, SP, Brazil.

[2017] Atmo #3. Curated by Rodrigo Garcia and Rosa Grün. Berlin, Germany.

[2017] Maus Hábitos – Espaço de Intervenção Cultural, Porto, Portugal.

[2017] Projeto T3, Café-Concerto ESMAE, Porto, Portugal.



[2022] Solo exhibition Sharing Illusions. Verve Gallery, São Paulo-SP, Brazil.

[2022] Solo exhibition Academia Corpus. Galeria do Lago, Museu da República, Rio de Janeiro-RJ, Brazil.

[2018] In Loqus: Mostra de Performance. Curated by Marcos Villas Boas e Renan Marcondes. SESC Santo Amaro, Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil.


Finite Counts for Infinite Variations (2017), by Tales Frey, in his solo exhibition Sharing Illusions. Verve Gallery, São Paulo, Brazil, 2022


Tales Frey, Finite Counting for Infinite Variations. Performance showed in Bauru-SP, Brasil. April 2018. Photos by Paola Frey


Brazilian Newspaper O Regional, Catanduva, July 11, 2019