Going through languages

Eugenia Balcells
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Two screens, on the left the long process of the Miss Universe election, on the right the daily tasks of a simple woman. Two views, that of the always ephemeral world of glamour and that of everyday life. A magnificent work of exhibition on the roles imposed on the female gender by a patriarchal society as opposed to the nature of women.

Eugènia Balcellls elaborates a dual discourse on the representation of women in the media, taking as an example the election of Miss Universe, contrasting it with scenes of the simplest everyday life of the educated woman. Two very different types of audiovisual language, the representation of television opulence and domestic video, macro television in contrast with the micro vision of everyday life, which speak to us of the distance between sublimated myth and reality. The author does not want us to take sides, but rather to observe the degrees of distance. The mediatised scenario versus the nature of the daily customs closest to the observer of this piece.

A work about different models of women and very different aspirations, produced at a time of social and cultural transition when the female gender recognised its intellectual determination in the face of the stereotyping of its physical values. A shower, preparing a meal and chatting with friends, after all, being at home, offers greater pleasure than any contest where the person is transfigured into an object of vacuous adoration at the expense of choice. The value of the body versus the value of thought. The former is simpler, if the genes are predisposed to it, the latter is a work of personal self-improvement and intellectual effort, perhaps more thankless a priori than constantly receiving compliments but infinitely more satisfying on a personal level.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Going through languages
  • Direction: Eugenia Balcells
  • Production: Eugenia Balcells. 1981.
  • Duration: 00:28:00
  • Original format: U-Matic
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Copyright