EUROPE IS LIVING A CELEBRATION, 2016

Work commissioned by Home Live Art, At Home, Angel House, Brighton Festival, May 2016.

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Collaboration with Clara García Fraile and Sam Pearson (Me and the Machine) on their “Door Project”.

“The Door Project” is a series of site-responsive, kinetic video-installations set up on doors. Conventional doors, secret doors, indoors doors, cupboard doors, doors you have never noticed before. Always locked doors.

Viewers engage with the installation by hearing calls and knocking from inside, discovering the person’s identity through a spy-hole.

The inaccessible image contrasted with the immediate surroundings, turning viewers into the unknown, feared creatures outside.

You can find more information about the project at  www.claragarciafraile.com.

A multimedia fable, a kinetic sculpture about belonging, safety, paranoia and ‘preventive violence’ that you can look at, but not touch.

A trip that confronts you with the thin line between normality and madness, the heroic and the barbaric, the mud of civilization, the unsolvable distance of mediated encounters, the cruelty of having to follow a rhythm you didn’t compose and humans’ ineludible need for care, validation and support.

It became a reference to the fifth anniversary of the war in Syria and Europe’s incapacity to alleviate a humanitarian crisis once again.

Concept and devising by Clara García Fraile and Sam Pearson in collaboration with performer Simon Malone and Lidia de Pedro.

Cinematography by Guido Wiaggio.

Photos by Lidia de Pedro.

GREETINGS FROM THE DESERT, 2015

Developed in residency at CAC Ses Voltes, 2015 (Palma, Spain).

The desert is not tragic or uninhabited.

There is a teeming crowd in it […] I am on the edge of the crowd, at the periphery; but I belong to it, I am attached to it by one of my extremities, a hand or a foot.

(Deleuze & Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus)

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At a moment that could be this moment, somewhere in the northern hemisphere, a series of dramatic events take place in the midst of quotidianity, right in front of you.

Door 01: Born to run. How to kill a child to make a man

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Door 02: The desert is a teeming crowd

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Door 03: The underdog is barking

Door 04: The shot came from within

Devised by Clara García Fraile and Lidia de Pedro with Sam Pearson.

Photos by Lidia de Pedro.