Rubén Grilo
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In FAQs Rubén Grilo explores some of the recurring motifs that underpin his work, in particular his interest in the relationship between art and information and how this has evolved with the emergence of the internet. Thus, he does use archive material, combined with questions shown on the screen. The background sound of computer typing transports the observer to a virtual world. The errors, the incomplete questions, the never given answers and the blinking music are playing elements that create an opaque and mysterious ambient.

The recording shows a celebration in the church of St. Burchardi on 5 July 2012 in Halberstadt, Germany, during the note change of ORGAN 2/ASLSP. It constitutes an extreme version of John Cage's iconic piece of music As Slow as Possible (1985), wich has an expected duration of 630 years.

The images show the audience gathered around the organ shortly before the beginning of the arrangement of "impulse number 13". As if someone were manipulating the video on an editing table, the action is arbitrarily paced and paused, interspersed with fragments of text that appear on screen as if were typed in real time. Meanwhile, the melody of iDVD, the popular authoring software, plays in the background.

The intentional use of analogue video and the allusions to obsolete software expose the materiality of a medium whose appearance evokes the clichés of video art. The capricious editing of the video and the typos of the text, but also the content of the text itself - a litany of questions about issues such as the body, the use of time and the value of work - refer to the absurdity of a piece that overflows the human time scale but can only be read from the framework of a present body.

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  • Title: FAQs
  • Direction: Rubén Grilo
  • Production: Rubén Grilo. 2013.
  • Duration: 00:12:00
  • Languages: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Original format: Quicktime
  • Formats: Quicktime
  • TV systems: PAL