Caminantes

Antón Cabaleiro


This digital piece begins by presenting us with a cyborg holding on his back his exact replica. We watch the hybrid walk, past press and media images, until he suddenly stops and changes direction, only this time it is him who is being carried by his double.

Caminantes uses very simple animation, with minimalist iconography. The background, made up of visual snippets, is extremely discrete. The viewer has to pay close attention to realise that the images that come up are not all the same. Cabaleiro seems to build an allegory of the everyday. This is a piece about how time is articulated in its extension, how in each of its seconds a multitude of minimal actions take place that end up dissolved in the day to day. The present time, void of any great events, turns the walker into a sort of disinterested spectator, someone very far from the “flaneur” or from the drifting typical of authors like Benjamin.

The piece’s emphasis lies in the lack of interest of our mediated present. A present in which the information we receive cannot be processed as such and ends up at the limits of our thoughts. Our everyday eliminates all the images turning them into vague memories that we perceive just as we do a screen saver, without paying much attention to them.

This interesting animation again evidences Cabaleiro’s interest in the day to day, in machines and questions after the processes of the production of identity.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Caminantes
  • Direction: Antón Cabaleiro
  • Production: Antón Cabaleiro. 2004.
  • Duration: 00:04:56
  • Original format: Quicktime
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright