Wednesday, 5 September 2007


E pur si Muove is a video recorded in Abisko, a national park in the far north of Sweden, crossing the arctic polar circle. I went to Abisko at the beginning of July with my turntable, a transformer, two video cameras, and Jan Johanson’s album Music from the Last Four Centuries to see and film the midnight sun. I took the metro to the train station, the bus to the airport, the plane to Kiruna, the bus to Abisko and the chair lift to Nuolja Mountain carrying all that stuff. Then I walked with all of this (and a car battery) to a chosen spot, some rocks from which you can see the sun floating over a mountain chain behind a lake. I connected the transformer to the car battery and the record player to the transformer. I put the record on, and the camera on top of a facing-down glass on the centre of the record. I pressed play and waited hiding from the wind and the camera behind some rocks, turning the record and changing the tapes when needed. The result is a 68 minutes long video in which the sublime landscape cannot really be apprehended and a very rhythmic wind continuously interrupts the music. I was very doubtful at the beginning, but now I really like the video. I like that it is about an almost forbidden or at least a dangerous subject (the sunset, even if the sun doesn't set) and yet you can hardly see it. I like that it gives you a 360 degrees continuous recording of the experience but you are always so far from it. It is very much about representation and its impossibility to get close to real experience.

Carla Zaccagnini (Buenos Aires, 1973) is an artist based in São Paulo. Some of her most recent exhibitions include: Encuentro Internacional Medellin 2007, Museo de Antioquia, Medellin (2007), 10 Defining Experiments, Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Miami (2006), Abstração e Referência, Paço das Artes, São Paulo (2006), Percurso Ótico, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo (2005); Até onde a vista alcanza, Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo (2004); Formas de Pensar, MALBA, Buenos Aires (2004); PR04, Puerto Rico Bienal 2004, Puerto Rico and Total Motiviert, Kunstverein Munich, Munich (2003). In 2007, she has been in residency at Iaspis, Stockholm, and will have a solo show at MAMAM no Pátio, a program organized by the Museu de Arte Moderna, Recife, Brazil. She is part of the selection of artists at Cream 3 (London: Phaidon Press, 2003) and of the annual of 50 international emerging artists (London: Contemporary Magazine, January 2006). She has been awarded with CIFO 2006 Grants Program.

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