LAS VEGAS IN 16 PARTS, 2015, 53 min, 16mm, color, sound
In Las Vegas in 16 Parts I explore the endless spectacle of an organic machine fed with fear and desire. It is a film constructed upon documentary images that aspire to become a fiction of an invented city. My gaze oscillated between the point of view of the scriptwriter of the simulacrum and the point of view of those who live in the simulacrum. Instead of trying to extract from Vegas a model to critique our “connectivity to the real”, I consider Vegas a “liquid ever-changing mirror.” I am fascinated with the bittersweet desire to belong to something, to be a significant part of the tradition that will narrate history, to find our reflection in a shining symbol
Windows by Night, 2013, digital HD, color, sound, 15 min
Screenings: Vienna International Film Festival, Austria, 2013 | Curtas Vila do Conde, Portugal, 2014 | BAFICI, Buenos Aires, 2014 | Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2015 | Echo Park Film Center, Los Angeles, 2015 | FICCI, Cartagena, 2016 | Morelia International Film Festival, Mexico 2016 | Cineteca Nacional de México, 2018
The act of opening and closing curtains would seem to be directed by an eye conscious of another eye. By closing the curtains, we have decided that what happens in the interior is not pertinent for the exterior, or viceversa. This does not necessarily imply that a window without curtains is a public space. To be conscious of another hypothetical gaze is also to find distant company in the solitary urban masses. There, a persecuted consciousness can find a controlling gaze, perhaps opportunely balanced by the possibility of a silent, repetitive, quotidian conspiracy. In the machinery of global neighbors, the passivity of the domestic passerby is a privilege with criminal connotations. And it is necessary to forget this daily criminal drama for these windows to continue shining like innocent frames.
Windows by Night can be understood as a visual essay on the mass phenomenon of loneliness, or, alternatively, as no more than the life of neighbors moving through their natural urban habitat: apartments. It explores the cinematic qualities of the city’s windows, seeing them as small screens from which a performance, both intimate and public, is woven into a modular narrative. The protagonists of these images are acting under their own direction, possibly oblivious to the fact that there is another director recording them. Windows by Night was recorded in its entirety from windows found in Buenos Aires, New York, Caracas, Chicago, London and Rome.
Acedia, 2018, digital HD, color, sound, 10 min
An ode to sloth. Self-portrait of an artist as an undercover agent of the real estate market. A reflection on the monetization of time and its consequences in the economy of the image.