This video explores the paradox of physical labor: simultaneously a source of condemnation and redemption, subjugation and liberation. It juxtaposes imagery with written words, the documentary genre with literary discourse. The bodies of miners and metalworkers, symbolic of the power of physical labor, face the "assault" of intellectual thought. A selection of texts by Simone de Beauvoir, Oscar Wilde, and the Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi, which contradict, judge, sublimate, or detest muscular labor, adds to the insidious discourse present in the video.
These literary quotations imbue the sequence of images with paradoxical symbolism, encompassing the miner's grooming after work, the exit from the mine, the extraction of the stone, and the transformation of minerals into precious metals. The video features the collaboration of poet Siegfried Hüttenbrink, artists Ulrike Aigner and Leni Hoffman, and musician Javier Colís.
Banda sonora: Javier Colís (música), Siegfried Hüttenbrink (poema), Ulrike Aigner (locució), Leni Hoffman (locució)