Cuaderno de Biella

Daniel Cuberta Touzón

El Cuaderno de Biella comprises a set of short films which, in the format of a visual diary, act as pieces of a puzzle that, in relating to each other, trace the sentimental map of the author’s gaze.
The nature of each of these “short poems” varies, as Cuberta blends genres and formats into a mosaic of impressions: animation, real images, video, experimental cinema, computer graphics, collage, documentary, found footage and visual poetry.

The issues that the artist is interested in slide through the universe of “the contemplation of daily life”. He becomes a patient and meditative observer, sometimes ironic and critical, who talks to us about the everyday; about the poetics of small things, without ceasing to uninhibitedly approach the “big subjects” of existence: life and death, love and lost love, loss... the passage from pleasure to pain...

The collection becomes a hymn to life and its contradictions, and, at the same time, a compulsive display of formal creativity, an infinite source of ideas and inspirations. The connection to the spectator is immediate.

El Cuaderno de Biella was made between july and october of 2004, while the artist was in residence in Fondazione Pistoletto in the Italian city of Biella, with an Injuve grant. It has won many prizes in the contests that it has entered.

The director’s working method is based on the previous accumulation of notes and impressions that, once filtered, become micro-stories, sometimes of a narrative character, and others of a conceptual nature, which he then quickly develops with very simple technological tools and the only help of his personal computer.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Cuaderno de Biella
  • Direction: Daniel Cuberta Touzón
  • Production: Daniel Cuberta Touzon. 2004.
  • Duration: 00:47:10
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright