PANORAMA VIDEO ART + EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA arrives in its 3rd edition with 15 works by artists from 13 countries. Among young and experienced authors, the exhibition covers a section of recent international production from 2019 to 2021. But the themes here speak less than the means chosen by the artists. This is what causes works that are sometimes radically different in form to find agreements and conflicts among themselves through underground paths, pointing to innovative ways of approaching common issues and problems. The drive for risk and experimentation is the keynote that runs through all proposals, which explore elements as diverse as poetry, politics, memorialism, form, abstraction, metaphysics, spirituality, criticism, narrative and contemplation. If comparing one work with another becomes a useless exercise, looking for dialogues can be revealing. But this will depend on the viewer’s willingness and creativity, who also becomes an author in the face of open works like these. The challenge is clearly set. The artists did their part.
Curatorial Project by Muriel Paraboni (Brazil)
from 19th of March to 20th of April 2021
SKYLINE, SLOVENIA, 2019 – 6´35
Meditative journey inspired by Van Gogh’s quote: ‘Just as we take a train to get to Tarascon or Rouen, we take Death to reach a Star”.
BLUE HONDA CIVIC, FINLAND, 2020 – 11’
A minimalistic road movie mirroring the emotions of the driver through the landscapes (s)he has chosen to look at.
EXISTO MINIMA, UKRAINE 2020 – 16´16
Existo Minima is a shore line. On the borderline between statics and dynamics, within the frame of someone’s own ‘drama’, one phase of crisis evolves into the next one.
STROKES TIME, SPAIN, 2021 – 5´19
Remembering the landscapes that my brother left unfinished when he died of epilepsy, I paint the road with strokes time of a unconscious memory.
GUTAI, UNITED STATES, 2019 – 7´32
A radical use of single frame image capture and examines his strange and familiar hometown in China, which he has been away from for nearly two decades.
OTONASHI, GERMANY, 2021 – 10´00
Otonashi is a philosophical voyage through inner and outer experiences of the human existence – an audiovisual meditation of futuristic transmutations about the Japanese Hannya Shingyō.
LOOK AT YOU IN LIFE + LOOK AT YOU IN DEATH X, PORTUGAL, 2020 – 2´36
A post-human or trans-human vision of life and death. It presents a reflection on the passage from one state to another, opening the distance from a material to an ethereal world.
FRAGMENT 2, SWEDEN, 2020 – 1´14
This film is a visual fragment, a one-minute psychedelic meditation – an experiment of perception and time.
DEATH IS NOT A FIGURE, IT IS THE BREEZE, SOUTH KOREA, 2020 – 1’47
An authorial videopoem about life cycles and their end. The poem replaces the negative presence of death with something more amorphous, natural, and cyclical.
THE HEART IN OUR MINDS, GREECE, 2020 – 15´
The communication with the universe is the light we receive from the stars and the light we send back. As if the light destroys all contours thus all that was once invisible becomes visible.
THE HOUSE, PERU, 2019 – 8´15
The House is a visual documentation of the decadence of a late 1960s Peruvian middle-class building, as well as an invisible man’s self-portrait.
HERE – A VISUAL POEM, NETHERLANDS, 2019 – 5´48
‘Here’ is an experimental visual poem, combining film, animation, photography, and archival footage to invite the viewer to occupy the Black Body for a brief moment.
EMERGENCY CALL, GERMANY, 2019 – 5´19
Extreme climatological events, which take place all over the world, should be a warning. The hope is that humanity will respond to Earth’s emergency call and not let the phone rust in the water.
EXTANT, UNITED KINGDOM, 2021 – 2´57
Relating to art as early as cave drawings, this is a depiction done by advanced digital processing, highlighting the necessity and admiration of wildlife, the sea world and their natural habitat.
FULFILLMENT/MARKETPLACE, UNITED STATES, 2020 – 13´12
A company returns to the site of its birth for actualization, an alchemist fulfils an order from the future, and the invisible hand of the market manifests to guide its children towards the divine.
Muriel Paraboni is a multimedia artist, teacher and curator. Trained in visual arts and cinema, with a master’s degree in the field of Art and Technology, his work is marked by hybridism and language experimentation in a variety of supports, such as painting, object, photography, installation, video and cinema. Have been exhibiting regularly, in solo and group shows, in various parts of the world since 2010. His films and videos have been presented at festivals, museums and art galleries in more than 20 countries, such as the United States, England, France, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Mexico, receiving several awards. Since 2018 is running and curating at Panorama Video Art + Experimental Cinema, an annual and non-competitive showcase for international video art and avant-garde films.