Extracted from the letters sent from researcher Mafe Moscoso and filmmaker Chus Dominguez on the project Hostal España between September of 2019 and May 2020.
“I find that the idea of giving yourself materialy, sensory and aesthetically to the world is a mandatory condition of any research, but I would add the political as well. This would mean to give yourself materialy, sensorly, aesthetically and politically to the world, which takes me to what a write about on my previous letter: the approach, the relationships with which we weave relationships with, whose purpose is to produce ethnographic knowledge. Are we not talking about choosing a part of the universe to place an ethnographic gaze on it with care and tenderness? ”
This text is part of our series on the impossibility of anthropological cinema.
We continue with our route through the edges and contradictions of anthropological cinema. Now, it is curator and filmmaker Elena López Riera who proposes a spell through the echo of an old voice from the old ages to our hallucinated present. A text in which its core is placed the idea of the other, while being problematised. “Like it is still possible to define the boundaries between one identity and the other, like it is still possible to think ourselves as isolated individuals and not like polluted and polluting particles that impose their gaze, their condition, their tongues and fluids to any living being they establish a relationship with. Like we had forgotten that the other is not an absolute category but a category relative to our own subjectivity. “
Four projects developed by LAAV_ are taking part of the exhibition Five Tours, One Point of View. MUSAC exhibition that will open its doors on January Saturday the 25th in MUSAC. In this exhibition, created on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of MUSAC, LAAV_ is located within the section Relational Dynamics. Context and situated action, curated by Manuel Olveira. Four timelines will be arranged to show the creative processes behind of which the projects La rara troupe, Teleclub, Damn Mine (Puta Mina) and Libertad have been realized. This is a space thought to stimulate dialogue, which will be activated with different actions throughout the time of the exhibition (until September the 20th 2020).
Rodando el límite: autogestión y disparate es un nuevo proyecto de La rara troupe que ha sido apoyado por la convocatoria Art for Change de La Caixa. El proyecto plantea convocar a un grupo de personas con intereses combinados tanto en el audiovisual como herramienta (de expresión, creación e investigación) como en el malestar psicosocial. El propósito es hacerlo extensible a colectivos y personas que se sitúan en “los márgenes” de lo que se entiendo por normalidad, tanto en lo referido a cuestiones de salud mental como a cuestiones físicas, laborales o sociales en sentido amplio.
Adriana Vila Guevara, anthropologist and filmmaker, writes in this text a meditation derived from the creative process surrounding her film Belén(2016). In this text she reflects on the contradictions of a creative process (that of a cinematic process) that comes from a context that somehow limits its own creative independence, more so if it is to be compared to the previous freedom of an ethnographic work.”I was entering into the mechanics of the cinematic industry, which would give me some benefits and learnings but also would imply sacrifices, involving a whole range of duties, obligations and limitations. It had already started. The initiation had begun, there was no turning back”.
This text is part of our series About the impossibility of anthropological cinema.
Puta Mina is being shown between October the 24th of 2019 and January the 12th of 2020 in Centro de Arte y Naturaleza (CDAN, Huesca) in a collection of works produced by more than thirty artists. This exhibition reflects on the impact that the mining industry has on the landscape, environment, society and earth. In doing so it offers a point of view on the relation between nature and technology, ecology and science and between past and future.
22nd and 23rd of November, 2019
The meetings of LAAV_ are proposed as an space of exchange between researchers, educators and artists in which to share processes and work methodologies. As part of the meetings we will have with us some of the projects that are being produced under the Open LAAV_ fund. Additionally we will have external researchers as well as a presentation of the processes of LAAV_’s own works Hostal España and Libertad.
Access the program here.
From LAAV_ we would like to thank Fundación Daniel y Nina Carasso for the support and backing offered for four years. This support helped to create and consolidate a space that is now a reference not only to other museums, but to the film sphere.
With the creation of LAAV_, the museum was proposing new ways of collaborative practice in which to join production, research, arts and action on communities. In short, to transform the way we create culture from the institutions.
For that, support from MUSAC, museum in which the laboratory is located, has been capital. However, without the support and collaboration from Fundación Daniel y Nina Carasso this adventure would not have started on the first place.
From Hitchcock and Cassavetes being projected on Cinema Doré, to open-source films projections on open spaces in Lavapiés neighborhood, film critique and curator Ana Useros proposes a reflection on the poetics and politics of participation. Having as a reference the differentiation between painting and window filmmakers proposed by Serge Daney. This is part of our collective reflection-project About the impossibility of anthropological cinema.
(Picture taken from 11ª Muestra de Cine de Lavapiés).
After months of work we are introducing the interactive map in which the process behind Libertad project is detailed. The interactive map was designed, executed and conceptualized by Daniela Martagón. Web design by solserpiente. We are introducing the interactive map along with the film in the National Museum of Anthropology (Madrid) on Saturday the 14th of September at 12:00. Furthermore, on the 20th of September the same project will be discussed on the International Producers Meeting Encuentro 3XDOC , promoted by DOCMA. Click here to access the interactive map.