Gravidade

by Robin Vanbesien

Director: Robin Vanbesien

Cinematography: Graça Castanheira

Sound: Isabel Dias Martins

Actors: Cláudio da Silva, Diogo Bento, Ricardo Vaz Trindade

Sound Design: Bart Aga

Editing: Robin Vanbesien

Producer: Maumaus Artists-in-Residence Programme / Lumiar Cité

Year: 2015

Runtime: 23’

HD Video

Colour

Sound


Funded by: Governo de Portugal / Secretário de Estado da Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes / Flanders State of the Art


Because he’s alone, a sailor’s always telling himself who he is, writes Kathy Acker in her short story ‘Lust’ (1988), revisiting Jean Genet’s Querelle de Brest (1947), a novel about a young sailor and a trade-off between a murder and a transgressive sexual act. A sailor is nowhere home, always alone, which gives him the opportunity to act within the illusion of a mirage. Taking his cue from Acker’s and Genet’s “sailor”, Robin Vanbesien unfolds a metonymic figure for a nameless desire circulating through painted partial objects and prolific poetic images invoked by words. Characters, genders and bodies appear at sea before the possibilities of an undecidably erotic (homoerotic or just autoerotic) fantasy. The relations appear dissociated, stemming from the desire of an emptied-out self. All seems to be given with the gravity that yields a passive tense of verbs, static gestures, and staged compositions. Landscape, painted or filmed, functions as the medium to circumscribe the figures. It reflects the notion of a framing gaze returned from its object in a specular dialogue. Although they seem to encompass each other’s plastic-pictorial unity, the author and its hero, the figure and the spectator, are conjoined in worlds separated from each other.


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Problematising reality –

Encounters between art, cinema and philosophy

Programme 4

. ‘Chekhovian Motifs’ (2012) by Kira Muratova

. Discussion: Emily Wardill, Michael Marder


17.12.2018 | 18h30

Goethe-Institut, Auditorium



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Gerry Bibby

PUBLIC

15.12.2018 - 03.03.2019


15.12 | 16h00  Opening

          | 17h16  Civil Twilight



In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:


Tiffany Chung

Thú Thiêm: an archaeological project for future remembrance

13.11.2018 - 05.05.2019


Johann Jacobs Museum, Zurich




Lumiar Cité / Maumaus is funded by Ministério da Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa.


 
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