[ARENA] Oporto apresenta #32 - frid Jan 31, 22.30 pm -"Grimoire magnétique"- Joëlle de La Casinière
Segunda-Feira, 27 de Janeiro de 2014 - 22:47:57 WET
A musical video-poem by Joëlle de La Casinière
Video U-matic transfered to digital, color, sound, 26', 1982
There was a time when humans still believed in video as a valid poetic medium and television as a means for the outreach of art.
Poets happily abandoned their pens and notebooks, painters abandoned brush and canvas for the promised horizons of the video fields.
But then came the Dark Ages and art was expelled from the broadcast schedule. However, some artists maintained their faith in a poetic video core and in its democratic assumptions. Joëlle de La Casinière is a writer that belongs to a community of such believers,who still see the medium as prime poetic substance.
It is hard to find a work as committed and joyful as La Casinière's. Her videos are a collage of vibrating moving images, from all sorts of backgrounds (found, pop, kitsch, home and computer…) woven together to create a new language embedded in pulsating energy.
Grimoire Magnetique, in La Casinière's words, is not a film, a show or a book. It is neither a video-game or an opera. Rather, it is a multilayered magnetic tapestry, of colorful sound and image, the illuminated story of the life and death of the Persian mystic and revolutionary Sufi, Hallâj al-Mansûr.
"A triumph of the electronic image over universal gravity"
Words taken from Nam June Paik
Friday, January 31, 10.30pm
Entrance: Terrace of Cafe Noobai, Miradouro de Santa Catarina, Lisboa
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