Spherically in multiple directions
Act I – Black on White
Act II – (Dis)Order
Act III – The will of the impossible
Video performance | 27´56´´| colour | sound | 2014
Faço da minha a tua história
(I Make Your Story Out Of Mine)
Video | 30´00´´| colour | sound | 2014
This video comes in the continuation of a publication, To the North, South, East and West, nothing. The curtain falls. End of Act One. (2012), that includes several stories concerning an inn located at the island of Terceira, Azores. This modernist building from the 60’s designed by the architect João Correira Rebelo has a historical background connected to the dictatorial Portuguese regime that ruled Portugal for 40 years until 1974. In nowadays is a ruin, classified as a building of public interest, something that did not prevent its vandalising and looting.
In the publication, that I consider a script to the video, I constantly played with fiction and facts, somehow questioning the idea of historical truth. Departing from a very concrete evidence (the building) and a very subjective experience (one relation with the space), I created a fiction happening in that space that me as the writer of course did not experience, and that aimed to describe and mediate a space that now does not exist anymore as an Inn, but as a ruin. The interest in this building started when I came across a paradox – the space was/is representative of a manifesto (by the architect himself) against the architecture of his time (regime architecture) just as it was/is a symbol of the dictatorship, having been a meeting point of a few heads of state during the Salazar’s regime.
In the video the body behind the camera will uncovered what he expects from the space, what perceives from it, what desires to build with the images – a new architecture, a new history, a history that merges with other histories and many stories that further will be perceived and developed by the observer. During the video is provided the necessary time for observation, a sensory experience for the body that observes, that internalises, that is guided to within the space to the inside of a narrative to be told in every step. An inside journey that takes it’s time, in a sort of recovery. The mirror of what was and what is a “piece” of land by the sea, degraded and beautiful. A contemplation of space and time, an expectation from what it could/can come.
To the outside, inside. / The one who was watching, not being seen. / The one who was watching, taken to be watched after.
Performance | Lara Morais & Marija Šujica | 1 10′ | 2014