18-23 OCT   A CORUÑA


History of a tree

4k digital
The film is a portrait of a living non-human organism, a tree. A long take leads inside its fronds and branches, it whirls following the sinuosity of the foliage from the inside to the outside at a very close distance. The visual monumentality of its features is counterbalanced by its apparently silent being. The sonic perspective of the film gives the tree the sounds coming from the surrounding territory. These sounds become like its own and, spreading throughout its biological life, they seem to spring from it. In the course of its millennial existence, many events, both natural and human, have taken place in the area where this Valonia Oak, protagonist of the film, has its roots. The noises of pastures, wars and breaks, as well as the dialogues in Yiddish, Arbëresh, Byzantine Greek, Turkish, Spanish, Griko, Albanian, Romanes, French and Salentine languages, in addition to the music and songs, all together coming from the whole period of life of this tree, create the sound-sap of it, which becomes the soundscape of the film. [ × ]
Land and water are the protagonists of this work, at least as much as the people and the things that suffer their changes. In a long sequence through Funafuti island, the state of drought and flooding alternate fluidly, and without interruption. The places and the actions of their inhabitants, in the constant and smooth movement from one state to another, set-aside the two recurring situations of the island: the waiting and the suspension. Since some years, Funafuti, in the Tuvalu archipelago, is the scene of a unique phenomenon: due to the unnatural overheating of the sea, salt water rises from the ground, flows through the pores of the land and floods it. [ × ]


Full HD
A town observed from the hill facing it is treated as an architectural model illuminated by the lights of a home interior. The sounds cancel the distance of the shot, amplifying the details of places and actions lit up by beams of light. Places and actions appear as miniatures and are animated by the turning on and off of the lights in the room. The sounds of a wind band shift and double. The aria of an opera, deprived of voice, reverberates in the subtracted lights and landscape. [ × ]
The elements of this video are the ruins of a house for attracting birds, the first movement of the Quartet in F major by Maurice Ravel and then rain, wind, snow and fog. A long take presents, in a far-fetched sequence, the four meteorological elements which befall the different portions of the ruins. The four musical instruments, performing the quartet, cease to be an ensemble and become, individually, the audio tracks corresponding to each of weather. So the sound of the first violin drips as the rain, that one of the second violin is snow-muffled, the sound of the viola moves like the wind and that one of the cello reverberates like inside the fog. [ × ]
Sequences of landscapes shot in an area of 60 km make up mosaics of places and reference axes constantly changing and that do not exist in our surroundings. In this film bodies are not near or far. They are large or small. The horizons change and no space is independent from the viewer. Incorporating only memory, the landscape is seen in a variety of speeds and movements that apply a bodily logic to the vision. [ × ]
We have asked 12 people to walk 4 identical routes through the course of a day and a night, always attempting to repeat the manner of the first time. As they moved they concentrated on their steps and their rhythm and the repetition immunized them from having to make sense of their movements. They move as if consumed by a single thought. Unaware of the passage of time. They reran the night during day and mixed darkness with the light. [ × ]