Imagination Takes Power
In this video performance, four beings are waging an epic and demented battle against the system’s machinic bowels and its moodiness. Guns are masks, magic, cameras and the anarchic imagery of those who fought before. A top hat. While struggling, the enemy keeps pointing its hard eye and its artificial self-regenerating ubiquitous surveillance. Winning is impossible. Unless you imagine other others. Glitch.
Fifty years later, this performance celebrates the 1968 insurgencies with a nonsense Latin American approach appropriate to the confusion of contemporary times. The narrative seeks some parallel between the dictatorship experienced in Brazil at the end of the 1960s, by drawing on the aesthetics of marginal cinema that emerged at that time, with the current control society, whose democratic appearance often hides parameters of dominance as equal or more totalitarians.
What is the way out of a technocapitalism that produces everything and transforms its citizens into disembodied consumer users? Like many in 1968, this performance by the group Dobra tests the path of debauchery.
16:9, color, 4’15”
Dobra Festival Internacional de Cinema Experimental 2018, Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio), Brazil
Nit d’Audiovisuals Experimentals a l’Obert X Vacances, Roca Umbert Fàbrica de les Arts, Spain
Materic Video Selección, Spain
In cooperation with Dobra collective.