W: La Force du Bio-Travail

Marta De Gonzalo | Publio Pérez Prieto

A new flat, a space with no furniture, no memories, no presences. A couple that confront each other and avoid each other’s look, that trace the spaces of their agreed cohabitation. A couple that talk without moving their lips. Telepathy is not an exact science. From what we cannot hear (we read and we see) they are not trying to communicate, they are trying to express the pain and distance caused by their social obligations, work and money. In a new flat, a space with no furniture...

The work of Marta de Gonzalo and Publio Pérez Prieto reflects on the social from the standpoint of the personal, the intimate, the everyday. By means of actions, objects, texts and videos, the artists fight with the weapons of poetics for a positive change in the individual and those around her. The neatness in their work stems from a specific position by which art is a sensible method of analytical research, not something to do with formal expressivity. This video is a clear example of the assumption of a critical conscience of one’s own through art: the manifestation of the invisible conditioning mechanisms for which we have been educated. Within this sober proposal for an artistic experience (the shots are beautifully framed, those of empty spaces as well as those momentarily occupied) a certain utopia is suggested, that of the possibility of modifying the individual, or at least, of thinking of oneself as such, as a modifyable subject in an ongoing state of construction.

W: La force du bio-travail is in terms of form and content a simple video. It affects us. What became of our dreams? What have we fought so hard for? What was our dream exactly? Is it worth having children knowing that they will end up like us? This piece offers us a social and real portrait of the situation in which couples find themselves nowadays that life’s dynamics revolve around the economy. A time when work is the only space for communication. Because the flat has no furniture, no memories, no presences...

Technical datasheet

  • Title: W: La Force du Bio-Travail
  • Direction: Marta De Gonzalo - Publio Pérez Prieto
  • Production: Consejería de Cultura, Junta de Extremadura. 2001.
  • Duration: 00:28:00
  • Subtitles: English - Spanish
  • Original format: DV-Cam
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright