Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories Mujeres + Kokoshca
08
Jul
2011
Opening concert of the exhibition 'Universo vídeo. Fleeting stories' at LABoral Centro de Arte and Laterraza de la laboral
Mujeres. Photo: Raquel Calvo
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories Letter on the Blind for the Use of Those Who See, 2007
Super-16 mm film transferred to video, b/w, sound (5.1). 27’ 36”
Javier Téllez. Letter on the Blind for the Use of Those Who See, 2007
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories Round and Round and Consumed by Fire, 2009
Single-channel video, DVD Blue Ray, colour, sound. 8’
Claudia Joskowicz. Round and Round and Consumed by Fire, 2009
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories Avó (Muidumbe), 2009
DV-CAM, colour, sound. 10’ 49”
Raquel Schefer. Avó (Muidumbe), 2009
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories Rhizome 0778, 2004
Mini DV transferred to hard disk, colour, sound. 9’ 27”
Marcellvs L. Rhizome 0778, 2004
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories Baño en el cañito, 2000
Single-channel video, colour, sound. 2’ 21’’
Wilson Díaz. Baño en el cañito, 2000
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories The Two Stories, 2009
16 mm film transferred to video, b/w, sound. 9’
Alejandro Cesarco. The Two Stories, 2009
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories Return, 2003
Single-channel video projection, b/w, sound. 3’ 23”
Miguel Ángel Ríos. Return, 2003
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories Matamoros, 2009
HD video, colour and b/w, sound. 22’
Edgardo Aragón. Matamoros, 2009
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories Parres I, 2004
35 mm film transferred to single-channel video for screening, colour, sound. 4’ 20”
Melanie Smith with Rafael Ortega. Parres I, 2004
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories Re/trato, 2004
Single-channel video projection, no sound. 28’
Óscar Muñoz, Re/trato, 2004
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories
08
Jul
2011
31
Oct
2011
Reconstruction of the memory
Raquel Schefer. Avó (Muidumbe)

Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories

Reconstruction of the memory

8
Jul
2011
31
Oct
2011
18:00 to 18:00
Universo vídeo. Fleeting Stories

Raquel Schefer. Avó (Muidumbe)


This exhibition is shaped by the intersection of two planes: historical becoming and narrative. Historias fugaces [Fleeting Stories] brings these planes into question through that which needs to be recovered, the memory that rethinks the past, and the depiction of intimate moments. In other words, the links between imagination and memory, remembrance and image, where the narrative assigns times and speeds to the accumulation of events.

The works featured in this show provide evidence of our relationship with time, of collective amnesia and of our choices when remembering, while at once throwing light on how we recover ways of telling those stories. These videos are focused on short stories that are told using differing strategies.
Among the practices included are re-enactments of moments from family and collective history, minor gestures captured by the camera, archaeologies of the memory, an exploration of mental spaces and the mise en scène of ephemeral moments. Whether by working with the text or depicting absence, whether with urban landscapes that echo with the abstraction that condenses a specific reality or by highlighting personal temporalities, what is recovered here is the possibility of reinserting the subject and its agency within the historical becoming.

The recovery of personal memories with respect to grand narratives allows for an inscription of testimonial storytelling, for a reflection on collective events through the filter of family experiences and for an inclusion of forms of narrations from subordinate groups. By opening the possibility of enunciating from alterity, social tensions are underscored and intensified and the memories of conflict are polarised. It is precisely in these circumstances, when error and uncertainty enter onto the stage, that immediate reality determines the form and content of the works.

Starting from micro-histories and from manifold enunciations, these pieces emphasise the potential of art to drive forward narratives that are tangential to the hegemonic discourses built by the media. If presentation in real time mobilises the mediatic discourse disrupting memory and history, the poetic approach points to an exploration of what remains hidden in the folds of recollection and acts as a strategy to enable a re-inscription of signifiers. The fleetingness with which the novelty value of the latest news is forgotten is then reverted by means of resorting to an amplified moment as a way of triggering a thoughtful gaze.

In turn, the tensions between concealment and visibility are analysed. The videos include examinations of the limits of recording images and the linear construction of the stories they contain. Storytelling and recalling are underpinned as vital practices exercised in the action, while capturing an event with ethical and moral implications. In this sense, a distinction between remembering and memorialising is clarified, with the former standing in as an active exercise in the present, and the latter as a way of settling old scores with the past.

Contrasting with the flows of cultural amnesia, these works invite us to revisit the past, yet not from a desire to relive it, but to confront an interpretation of the numerous planes of the past. The collection of images as a whole reveals different intensities of the cultural memory, from the margins of the intimacy that comes into being in the midst of complex social and political landscapes.

Curated by: María del Carmen Carrión

Artists: Edgardo Aragón, Mariana Castillo Deball, Alejandro Cesarco, Wilson Díaz, Claudia Joskowicz, Marcellvs L, Óscar Muñoz, Miguel Ángel Ríos, Raquel Schefer, Melanie Smith con Rafael Ortega, Javier Téllez

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