BETWEEN COLLAPSES

BETWEEN COLLAPSES
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Technique: frame-by-frame animation; white marble; video and sound from Cochicho quarry in Pardais, Vila Viçosa — Portugal.The mountain symbolism is related with the belief of being the place where sky and land meet each other. This belief, a feature of many different cultures, is assumed as a sacred domain, the highest point of human ascension. The sensation of stability and immutability transmitted by mountains has contributed, since the beginning of our intellectual evolution, to choose them as an image of spiritual nature and progress to knowledge. The mountains are seen as symbols of greatness and reveal the pretension of men to reach the top of its development.The narrative of Between Collapses starts from the presupposition to consider the mountain as an intercultural sacred symbol, to construct a profane image that subverts this starting principle. The aim of this profanation is to represent the human being exploratory logic, capable of, simultaneously, destroy and construct the foundations of its own evolution — the environment. The goal of this eco-art work is to alert human conscience to the vital necessity for a cultural and technological evolution in respect with a sustainable exploration of natural resources.This diptych video shows two different moments sharing the same intention. The left side displays a sculpture / animation work, made of parallelepiped marble pieces, that represent the construction / deconstruction of a mountain. The right side of the diptych shows a video documenting the activity of a quarry from the Portuguese village of Vila Viçosa. If, with the sculpture / animation piece the perception of the construction/deconstruction state is doubtful, the understanding of the documentary clearly reveals us that the quarry exploration will persist until is limits.