Scratch, video, 3 monitors, sound, 1:17, loop, 2009

Scratch, video, 3 monitors, sound, 1:17, loop, 2009

Scratch

Scratch was conceived for this cinematic art space and introduces a connection with the memory of film as an object which can be physically experimented with whereas digital film, where there is no physical substance, cannot.

A Praa, video, 3 projections, sound, loop, 2007-2009

A Praa, video, 3 projections, sound, loop, 2007-2009

The Square

The Djemaa el Fna Square in Marrakesh has always been a meeting point for people and cultures. Here is where the desert starts and that which we call civilisation ends. Nowadays, there is a mixture of groups of tourists which end up being the immediate reason for the existence of this phenomenon. This place is on Unescos list of intangible heritage sites due to the constant presence of Berber storytellers, musicians, dancers, small circuses and has been the set for some well known films. This documentary installation is formed by two daytime projections and a nocturnal one which intertwine and connect in different ways in each viewing, given the fact that their restarting times never coincide. The sound for the three shootings is superimposed on the same track maximising the virtual experience of a unique and complex space in its geometry and apparent chaos.

A Perfect Day, video, projection, sound, 40, loop, 2002-2005

A Perfect Day, video, projection, sound, 40, loop, 2002-2005

A Perfect Day

Based on Georges Perecs writings, this video is made from a long sequence of postcards of glorious blue skies set against a short loop of Lou Reeds famous song of the same title. All the viewer has to do is let himself be rocked by this monotonous piece where images of the beach follow images of hotels, cities and never-ending mountains. A Perfect Day was made and shown in New York after 09/11, which according to a witness was such a perfect day as is part of a series of work with the same title.

Theresienstadt, video, projection, sound, 90', loop, 2007

Theresienstadt, video, projection, sound, 90', loop, 2007

Theresienstadt

Through the use of a tint and by slowing down the speed of the remains of a lost film, thus recuperating the supposed original length, this work tries to find some truth in the excerpts that remain from a Nazi propaganda film about a model concentration camp. This film is part of Terezn, a project issued in print and on DVD.

Now Remember, video, 6 i-pod, sound, +/-15 each, loop, 2008

Now Remember, video, 6 i-pod, sound, +/-15 each, loop, 2008

Now Remember

Six monologues inspired by Georges Perec. Six people were placed in front of a camera and given 15 minutes of improvisation to freely remember the past, the present and the future. By presenting them on i-pods, only allowing for one viewer at a time, these pieces transport, once again, the personal reminiscences of each interviewee, which became public the moment they were recorded, into the personal memory and the singular experience of each viewer.

What is left is right, what is right is wrong, video, monitor, sound, 5.15', loop, 2009

What is left is right, what is right is wrong, video, monitor, sound, 5.15', loop, 2009

What is left is right, what is right is wrong

An exercise based on a Fred Astaires scene from Royal Wedding. This film applied rotational background and camera techniques in order to simulate the absence of gravity. The same system was used and expanded later on by Stanley Kubrick in 2001 A Space Odyssey to achieve the same effect. In this video, the image and sound are inverted vertically and horizontally causing a feeling of time lag and strangeness.

A Perfect Day at Wannsee, video, projection, sound, 27.43, loop, 2008

A Perfect Day at Wannsee, video, projection, sound, 27.43, loop, 2008

A Perfect Day at Wannsee

A Perfect Day at Wannsee is in line with several themes covered before, namely in projects included in the series A Perfect Day and the work about family history and the memory of Nazism. On January 20, 1942, a group of higher officers met in one of the luxurious residences near Lake Wannsee. The reason for this meeting was to improve the use of the existing resources and accelerate the disappearance of all Jews across Europe. The Final Solution of the Jewish Question is therefore part of the minutes of the Wannsee Conference which omits and substitutes with euphemisms the words extermination, annihilation, murder and liquidation. The creation of the Theresienstadt concentration camp was also decided in this meeting. A Perfect Day at Wannsee is made from a shot and its reverse shot. The first part, a distant and idyllic image from the other side of the lake, is shot from the terrace of the house where the Nazi conference took place. The second part of the video is filmed from the opposite side, in the Wannsee beach and it is only in the last minutes of the video that we get a complete image of the house, while we listen to a German voice through the loudspeakers announcing the end of the day to the bathers. This work was conceived from a recollection of a young American Jew: while he was in Berlin for a few months he was invited for a day at the beach by his German friends. When they got there he realised that he had been taken to a place whose name he had known for a long time and which was directly linked to the death of his ancestors.

A Ausncia, video, projection, sound, 20.26, loop, 2009

A Ausncia, video, projection, sound, 20.26, loop, 2009

The abscense

Inspired by La Disparition by Georges Perec, a novel written without using the letter E, this work is made from a re-editing of the classic French film A Bout de Souffle by Jean-Luc Godard, with the main character, played by Jean-Paul Belmondo, missing. What is left from this absence is our cinematographic memory which instinctively tries to fill in the void around which everything seems to revolve.

Lichtspiele, 3 light boxes, 2009

Lichtspiele, 3 light boxes, 2009

Lichtspiele

The original German word for cinema game of light is recalled here to name these pieces which re-use fragments of film applied to light boxes. These pieces of film evoke the construction and projection of a film by including frames of a clapperboard and instructions for the projectionist and by being suspended manually with sticky tape that is usually used in film shootings.

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