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Kirlian Corp

Xavi Hurtado


Four persons - rather, four voices - are introduced to us together with a collection of archival images carefully selected by the author. Some come from television ads, and others are fragments of old out-of-catalogue films. Hurtado has taken educational films and decontextualised them, and so has managed to inflict a few detours in the straight path usually joining the signifier and the signified. Over and over, the images open new possibilities for unexpected relations with the discourses interpellating us non stop from the deep end of the screen.

Kirlian Corp.’s discourses compose one single narration divided into four sections: “Energy traces”, “Phenomena in voice recordings”, “Crowns and blankets” and “E.S.P.”. In them, subjects as disparate as UFOs or Spain’s territorial definition in the voice of someone who sympathises with the Francoist régime, are discussed. That which the author manages to do extremely well is to transmit the sound registers as if they were strange phenomena, originating in that bizarre and foreign space that crops up in our lives when they are mediated by technology.
The voices in this piece, in the ten minutes that it lasts, never stop naming. They name spies, difficult to understand technology, beings from other planets, countries, territories..., and all of this mixture is effortlessly compressed into a techno-narrative frame open to whoever wants to listen. When we do listen, we cannot, however hard we try to, stop thinking that by listening, we are also, in some ways, participants of this narrative evolution, of this technological production of meanings.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Kirlian Corp
  • Direction: Xavi Hurtado
  • Production: 1995.
  • Duration: 00:10:40
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright