Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Close-Up / Primer Pla immersive video and sound installation

Directed by Laia Cabrera in collaboration with Isabelle Duverger

Conceived and created by Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger
Original music by Nana Simopoulos and Enrique Granados
Cinematography and Editing by Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger

"In a world in which one is tempted to forget or ignore too much, the reconquest of our collective past should be among our first projects for our future.” Umberto Eco
Close-Up/Primer Pla: An Immersive Cinematic Art Installation is a poem to Catalan landscape and architecture, a visual tone poem that uncovers new parallels between identifiable motifs of the land and the built environment, between nature and art. The tale it weaves navigates between gentle familiar territory and sudden, revelatory estrangement, spanning both distant memory and nostalgia for what is yet to come.
Conceived as a visual narrative memoir, looking back and looking forward, a filmic poem of future nostalgia and selective memory. Capturing the instant, going back to the origin, a memory in act. The piece departs from three major themes for the visual storytelling: Place + People + Values.
Unveiling a sensorial “viatge” as a “spiral”, we created an oneiric journey merging and juxtaposing the essence of these thematic concepts as a triptych video installation. With a cinematic style, using mathematic patterns in nature like spiral, fractals, voronoi, the symbolic tradition of Castells, the textures and shapes of modern architectural landscapes of Catalunya; a visual storytelling materializing thoughts, allegories, scenic metaphors and imaginary skylines. Our focus was also on the rituals of togetherness and solidarity, images of embrace and openness of a community.
The gaze is on the details, the poetry, the beauty of the senses and the longing for an inclusive and sustainable future. A path forward – unveiled through collective traditions and multiculturalism.

Presented at:
Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the United States, Washington DC, September 14, 2021
White Space Gallery Chelsea - New York, NY - November 15-16, 2021
Coral Gables Museum, Miamia, FL - November 17, 2021
Sant Jordi USA festival - Jersey City Theater Center, NJ - April 21-24, 2022
The Dumbo Loft - Brooklyn, NY - September 20, 2022

Commissioned by the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the United States. Presented with the support of Office of Turism of Catalonia and Prodeca Produced by Laia Cabrera & Co.