The caption of Desvio para o vermelho (1967-1984) presents two dates: the year the project was conceived (1967), and the year it was first assembled at the Museu de Arte Moderna do Rio de Janeiro (1984); at Inhotim, it is permanently exhibited since 2006. The title of the work by Cildo Meireles makes reference to the physics phenomenon known as redshift, a particular instance of the relativistic Doppler effect that indicates the red color as the wavelength of light an observer perceives when celestial bodies grow apart.
Split in three articulated spaces, the first of them (Impregnação/Impregnation) gathers an exhaustive collection of furniture, objects, and artworks in shades of red, duly organized in a room. The monochromatic saturation of the first environment contrasts with the dusk of the second (Entorno/Surroundings), where one can observe a small bottle and its spilling red liquid that produces a major stain on the space. Following the path of the liquid leads us to a totally dark room (Desvio/Deviation), where we are guided by the sound of flowing water. The darkness is only interrupted by a displaced sink, from where flows the red water that creates the soundscape.