One thing must be understood: I have said nothing extraordinary or even surprising. What is extraordinary begins at the moment I stop. But I am no longer able to speak of it. – Maurice Blanchot
‘In Return’ is an audiovisual installation that refers to myths and poetics of time and fatherhood.
It’s a synthesis between pre- recorded X live human actions.
The work originates in actions recorded in video. When presented the video images become an installation, gaining spatial & monumental functions.
Through the video, the visitors experience echoes or traces of a history.
The two projectors do not simply reproduce a pre-composed image, but also produce the composition live.
The work borrows pre-existing texts and images. There are passages of Paul Auster’s book ‘The Invention of Solitude’, a samba song originally composed and sung by Cartola, diferent references to Joseph Campbell’s myths analysis, among others. These pre-existing material is recited and combined with the body actions, in a succession of audiovisual fragments.
in return during athen’s video festival 2013:
Pablo’s background is audiovisual medium. Lately he has been exploring performance. The research consists of combining these two media, by translating live actions into video.
One of the challenges is create a space where the video has as much impact as a human body would.
His work is often quotational or referential. He apppropriates and re-works existing ideas and concepts.
my father, Cosme Coelho ※ Shadi Gilani ※ Gabriel Bogossian ※ Thiago Paiva ※ Charlotte ‘t Hart ※ Michiel Pijpe & Stagelab ※ Taconis Stolk ※ Kasper van der Horst ※ Izolda Griner
The confrontation of an inner universe with shared external spaces.
the video can be watched online:
An essential approach in this work (and in the research that originated it) is re-contextualization. It is present, for instance, in the transfer of a intimate motivation to a public context, in the translation of live actions into video medium, in the borrowing of shared classical mythologies to create individual narratives.
conception & execution: Pablo Dias
text: “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi / translation by Carol Della Chiesa
camera: Vitor Peixoto
thanks to: Shadi Gilani
2011–2012, Amsterdam & Rio de Janeiro
• “Territórios da Experiência: Vizinhanças” at different public locations – São Paulo / Brazil – October 2012
• “Cadernices – Registros do Processo Criativo” at Casa Dezinove – Rio de Janeiro / Brazil – October 2012
• “Final Graduation Show” at Royal Academy of Arts – The Hague / The Netherlands – July 2012
• “Clash of Contexts” at Walden Affairs gallery – The Hague / The Netherlands – June 2012
The performers image is captured and played back with a delay of one minute.
They do things; the computer repeats them like a slow mirror.
They attempt to add sound to their repeated images, making new actions which are not totally perfect and synchronized; these in return are again captured and repeated.
Here everyday technologies such as the webcam and video-conference situation are repurposed and subverted, in a playful manipulation of essential basic elements of the audio-visual medium.
another version performed at zeebelt – ‘toeval’ avond, den haag:
Developed within Stagelab and with technical support of Codelab/ Nenad Popov — master ArtScience 2010-2012