Curiosities from the Cabinet (every story is
always a remake of another story)
Portugal, 2019, HD video with 3 synchronized channels,
colour, 0:05:05, loop.
Direction, editing, voice: Eduardo Brito.
Sound recording: Tiago Cutileiro.
Colour: Luís Costa.
Acknowledgements: Cru Encarnação, Daniel
Blaufuks, Marta Navarro Nunes, Tiago Cutileiro, Abílio Hernandez
Cardoso, Bando à Parte, Jorge Santos, Luís Costa, Ricardo Freitas e
This is a work made from two visual and two sound typologies. Where
images are concerned, on the one side, fixed shots of places: Weißensee
in Berlim, where Robert Wiene filmed “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”
in 1919, in the Lixie Atelier, and the vicinity of the Marmorhaus, the
theatre where the film premiered the following year; the shooting site
and the screening site revisiting each other, a century away. Then,
shots of a page where the screenplay is literally re-written, a hundred
years later: film as a possibility to represent the writing, to shoot from
the word. As for sound, the diegeses of the abovementioned spaces
is the basis for a narration-collage, from excerpts of “From Caligari
to Hitler”, by Siegfried Kracauer, “Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari”, by
David Robinson, personal memories of Berlin wanderings and small
extracts from verses “Be My Wife”, “Heroes”, “I’m Deranged” and
“Where Are We Now”, by David Bowie, and “Men of Good Fortune”,
“Berlin” and “Magic and Loss”, by Lou Reed. What was I going for
with this? A nod to the film and to the memories of a fascinated
viewer, a cloud of its formalism (by representing the places of shooting
and screening, the screenplay, the spectatorship), in a mini drift
through the city. In other words, to record what is not happening (or
the nothing happening) where it happened.