Helmut Batista, was born in 1964 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the director of the non-profit contemporary art space CAPACETE at the Escola de Cinema e Audiovisual Darcy Ribeiro in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Between 1985 and 1997 he worked as an artist, set designer and camera assistant in Paris, Vienna and Milan. Batista has exhibited worldwide and given talks at all kinds of cultural institutions. His books include Public Intervention (1991), The Interventionist (1994) and You Do Not Need to Pay, But You Have to Consume It (1997).