Saturday, January 09, 2016
Monday, January 04, 2016
'She got the idea' | 14’00” | double-screen HD | 2016
Film / Sound edit by Paulo Botelho Menezes
Footage from 'Bad girls go to hell', Doris Wishman, 1965
Featuring Gigi Darlene & Darlene Bennett
'vespers' (intro) by alvin lucier, 1968, in 'sonic arts union' LP, Mainstream Records, 1972, Courtesy of Alvin Lucier
'Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon', Robert Ashley, 1972, Courtesy of Lovely Music Ltd. (*)
(*) In Robert Ashley's 'Automatic Writing' CD, Lovely Music, 1996
Originally released in the 'Sonic Arts Union' LP, Mainstream Records, 1972
Monday, December 07, 2015
Fragmentos de um mundo sensível | 55'30" | 1.185:1 HD | 2016
A film by Paulo Botelho Menezes.
A film by Paulo Botelho Menezes.
Die Großstädte und das Geistesleben (The Metropolis and Mental Life) by Georg Simmel, 1903.
Reading by Yara Haskiel.
Image by Paulo Botelho Menezes & André Marques.
'Programmed Interference on Sine Wave Variations" by Paulo Botelho Menezes.
French title: Fragments d'un monde sensible
English title: Remnants of a sensible world
In an ever-changing signifying interaction between shots and the ideas expressed in the 1903 Georg Simmel's essay 'The metropolis and mental life’, here read in its original version, the hint at the alienation that the 21st century individual undergoes in the contemporary metropolis together with the confrontation of the contemporary (image) register of human life in the metropolis with a 100 years old essay (text) disserting about that particular issue.
Here the camera registers the human being in everyday life and its sustaining mechanisms, context on which people find themselves standardised in their common need to comply to society's systems and structures, the same need that ends up imposing itself over one’s conscience that the systems and technology to which one's complying ultimately depersonalises everyday life, as machines take place of the individual favouring economical gain regardless of individual detachment, mental health issues and social inequality.
At the same time, the recurrence of a street populated by children reminds us of the idea of the ideal city, one in which the individual isn’t necessarily blanked and made redundant by social standardisation and technology, implying that evolution doesn't necessarily bring progress and reasserting the need to rethink society and the balance between man and nature.
In its apparent randomness and in its way of connecting/opposing ideas by subjective suggestion in place of directed signification, the spectator’s invited to construct one’s meaning, eventually drawing the difference with the enduring human effort to replace men by machines, favouring enterprise profit in spite of the social need for unqualified work.
Thursday, August 13, 2015
O Último Guerreiro Romântico | 60'40" | 1.77:1 HD | 2015
A film by Paulo Botelho Menezes
Featuring Guy Molina
Artistic collaboration / music by Margarida Guia
Director's assistance by Mara Cezar
French title: Le Dernier Guerrier Romantique
English title: The Last Romantic Warrior
Guy doesn't like the post-modern world. He doesn't care much for the post-modern love neither. He likes to read 20th century novels and to practice trumpet. Maybe one day he can play Baker songs like only he did. He fights affective disenchantment by working undercover on loving counterattacks, constantly moving from a city to another as part of an international conspiracy of little means. He doesn't like flying. He'd rather take the train.