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La historia de mi vida

Daniel Cuberta Touzón


A roll of toilet paper as the medium for someone's life. The author narrates what his biography would be like if it were written on toilet paper, on a roll with no breaks. The methods he would use, the fragments he would describe, how he would cut it up (according to the bits of paper), the references he would use, how far he would take that particular roll of his life.

Similar to the insurmountable exercise of making a real scale map, Daniel Cuberta Touzón carefully describes his life on toilet paper. A life without any impressive or spectacular acts from which to start from. He would describe via notary the moments (he even considers previously writing about his discrete existence in order to reinterpret it) and moods (both his own and those of the weather). This is a work full of paradoxes and puns through which the author explains the various methods invented to narrate his existence without ever revealing any verifiable facts from his biography. The main thing is the toilet paper as it scrolls down the screen in various forms, applications, situations, and fabrications. Every idea requires a visual way of explaining itself, although the voiceover of the author is telling the story, occasionally aided by written words over the images. A laconic voice that slowly talks about "how to act", as if it were a suicide note, even when the facts don't appear, only disconnected fragments illustrate this instructions manual. After multiple options and ways of doing in order to reach his aim, which is to pack up his story, he constantly returns to his original format: toilet paper. This is a practically impossible project, but one that is efficient through words, and which, like every impossible project, ends up being useless. Although what we are really talking about here (beyond what is recited) is the process, or the study of processes, in order to reach something meaningful within life itself.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: La historia de mi vida
  • Direction: Daniel Cuberta Touzón
  • Production: Daniel Cuberta. 2010.
  • Duration: 00:09:38
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Original format: DV-Cam
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Copyright