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An accident. The author is confined to bed, facing a viewless window. He finds nothing of interest on the Internet either. Conclusion: to put some order into his hard drive, out of which personal video files begin to emerge. This is one story among others, whose veracity resides in the fact that they were recorded in specific places, and specific people were there. Micro-narratives with a documentary and autobiographical appearance, which have however been constructed through fiction.
Andrés Duque takes the banal and inconsequential - in terms of fiction or documentary- as a starting point to exercise a subtle and deceitful twist upon it by covering up the adulteration of the initial situation. The formats employed (Super8, home movies, reportage, found footage) are intertwined without any apparent logic, only through their congruence. References to cinema constantly appear; in fact the accident came about as a result of trying to emulate a cinematographic jump from a bridge and onto a train, though there was no intention of constructing a heroic or cinematographic narrative. From here onward, different stories travel down lines between Barcelona and Caracas, present and past, things recovered and compared.
The stories are cut up and combined through paradoxical relations. Every sequence is an audiovisual ploy that places the viewer somewhere between a feeling of delight and uncertainty. The present of the moving image is constantly put into question by simultaneously placing small fantasies and anecdotes or souvenir snapshots and experiences side by side, scenes that are constructed and re-edited to create an intimate, yet vague, point of view. Ambiguity; distortion; mistakes; even trompe l’oeil, are elements through which the author’s self constantly “runs away”. Through the personal use of allegorical processes, choosing their direction, or relations, with care, Duque creates a statement about searching itself, constantly questioning himself, and loosely touching upon the self-referential essay form about film and its influences. Narrative experiments, together with documentary situations and different poetics, various associations between audiovisual elements and exercises, transversally cross over defined genres whilst enhancing the perfection to be found in the fragile and the ephemeral. He finally threads together all the micro pieces into a puzzle that, through his own situation, with its edges, thorns, delights and illuminations, shifts between dream and memory. A personal loss lends its name to the video and ends it; a fall paradoxically opens and closes it, finishing off a sequence of “accidents”.