Uma biblioteca de imagens
The programme presented by Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual – gathers together a selection of works created by students of the Cinema/Moving Image Course who responded to the challenge of reflecting on the idea of “global diversity”, the motto of FUSO´s 2020 edition. The seven pieces selected not only reveal a vast visual richness, but also test critical responses to the paradigms of a tendentially global world which, paradoxically, presents itself as not very susceptible to diversity.
In this programme, many of the films use what Harun Farocki defined as “operational images”, that is, images produced without artistic pretension, which mostly belong to the sphere of information technologies. And the manner in which they are appropriated by these films, reveals their technical objective, as evidenced by their mediation role as tools which control human activity.
With regards to the unstoppable flux of images which accompanies this globalizing movement, Stan Vanderbeek — in the 60s — proposed the creation of “Movie-Dromes”, spaces for image reception and projection, in which cinema was conceived as a performative art. According to Vanderbeek, artists would be more qualified to operate these image archives and to direct the associations between images that would arrive from the entire world to these terminals. Through their re-combinations, artists would be able to not only facilitate logical understanding, but penetrate at unconscious levels, using a vast library of images, which would be a cultural decompression chamber. The selection of these seven videos, directed by young artists, aims to be a contribution to rethinking the manner in which the moving image still subsists, as Vanderbeek proclaimed, as an influential cultural inter-communicator.