Construct - Two Moments in Beauty
2007, Experimental, 6 min.
... in order to understand and/or control the world. The film is a result of conversations about the destructive and reconstructive effects we encounter, privately and in history, when trying to apply our ideas about the world upon the reality of it.
The process is a dynamic dialogue between sound and image. In the final installation there are three different soundscapes by three different artists from different parts of the world, each one adding their own meaning to the repeated images by Swedish filmmaker Maja Borg.
The idea is to filmically systemise our tendency to create system, and since this is a contradictory task, the artists work from simplified timeline, focusing on the points of beauty found in this process.
Description of the sound track:
The soundtrack I have created is an almost spontaneous reaction to the visuals in terms of structure and pattern. It is composed from raw nature-like sounds combined with abstract futuristic sounds to emphasize the gap between the physical and the metaphysical world. In the process I ended up recycling and reorganizing the initial structures of those sounds and mixed them with raw recordings of individual instruments (cello, horns, cymbals and bells – performed by two artist friends, Amy Réne and Paul Kennard) to create a sustained background soundscape.
The text I added into it is extracted from a book I have found in a library in Edinburgh and rescued it from being thrown away. To my surprise this was a Romanian book about a Romanian artist, Corneliu Baba, a portraitist, a painter of man, attracted by the fleeting aspects of things and beings, by hollow impressions and by dissolution. The introduction to his work of art is written by a famous modern Romanian literary and art critic Tudor Vianu. I found his descriptions of some of Corneliu Baba's paintings extremely beautiful and descriptive, bringing back some of the most beautiful memories of my childhood, and therefore I thought fitting to use two of them as virtual paintings in my futuristic soundscape, bringing the old and the new together.
As an individual and aspiring artist I do not tend to systematize. I think about myself to be a visceral artist. I act from the gut feeling. My aim was not strictly to deconstruct the structure I could sense in the visuals but merely to create two new moments in beauty by restructuring two old ones.