From a distant land, observing his empty and abandoned surrounds, the author explores his yearnings for a garden and an abandoned house through visual rewinding. Nostalgia for home.
First in a fourteen-video series, this piece was created during the author's studies in the Gesamthochschule de Kassel in 1992. It was presented at the Injuve competition the same year and was rejected, according to the attached letter, for a lack of experience. From that point forward it has remained unedited. In this case the medium is not used to memorize, but to confront another place's moments through an allegoric exercise of hazy reminiscences.
Wandering about an empty street in a far-away city, absences are crystallized. The route through the common disorder is frozen for better exploration. By stopping time, the author converts the present into an immediate past, into an ephemeral memory. Confronted by a feeling of exile, he scans his surroundings with a curiosity that wants to retain the unknown and search for ways to find his past or those things he left behind. Contact with the new circumstances allows him to access various fragments of his memory that are reflected in the things he sees. He audibly contemplates moments of his life through a film's extracts.
Recontextualizing the memories, he seeks refuge in a house, a chair, and a voice that mentions his missing father. A resetting or return to zero through which a flow of experiences reappears as cloudy and confusing manifestations, unconscious fantasies that never disappear. The changes that are generated by interaction with the setting are the evasive mechanism of thought in process. Its end is to facilitate tranquility and to emotionally anesthetize the author from the confusion and the nostalgic despair of the commonplace.
Camera: Carlos TMoriç
Sound Samples: Andréi Tarkovsky, El espejo (Zerkalo, 1974)