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MOUVEMENT

REGARDER PENSER LA VILLE

A project curated by Laura Györik Costas

25.11.2011 – 22.01.2012
4th Floor

≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈≈ In one of the masterpieces of the silent cinema, "Berlin, die Sinfonie der Grosstadt" (1927), WALTHER RUTTMANN describes in images the life and frenetic rhythm of a large, modern metropolis, from dawn until midnight. The urban and architectural landscapes and the activities and behavioural codes of Berlin's different social strata are shown in a rapid and gripping succession of images that leaves the viewer dizzy. However, the city's less attractive features also appear in snatches - subliminal images that signal the coming world economic and social crisis of 1929.

Big cities have always exerted a great attraction, as much for their architectural beauty as for the sense of power they exude. However, they also contain their share of poverty – often hidden behind the spectacular facades that ostentatiously trumpet luxury and progress. On closer inspection, these urban stars, plunged into a constant blare of interminable activity, give the impression of reflecting aloud on the ambiguous conditions of modern cities.

Paris, Shanghai and New York are the three cities CATHERINE GFELLER and MARIA CAÑAS decided to immerse themselves in, camera in hand. The first chose to film the city unstaged, exactly as it appears, at a crossroads or in a street, but with particular attention to framing and to the beauty of the images. The second, in more abrupt and less controlled language, chooses two lively, popular districts, in order to show the darker side. While one allows a procession of images while at the same time allowing the city to speak, the other questions and challenges it.

WITH:

CATHERINE GFELLER
"Bouches de Paris", 2008-2011
video triptychon, 5'47"
Courtesy the artist

MARIA CAÑAS
"Por un puñado de yuanes", 2008
an experimental gonzo micro-documentary, 8’, DVD (mobile phone).
Production : Festival Punto de Vista for the project "La mano que mira", Pamplona
Courtesy the artist

"Meet my meat", N.Y., 2007
a fake and nihilist documentary, 6’39’’, DVD.
Production: Iniciarte, Junta de Andanlucía
Courtesy the artist and galeria llucía Homs, Barcelona

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