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La Piedra de Nueva York

Francisco Ruiz de Infante
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An African legend:

A few years ago, a foreigner brought a rock to the village. The rock had been found among the debris of the vertical city.

The rock was put inside the tribe’s aquarium. The secrets of many generations are drowning in this aquarium.

Since then, animals seem stranger. Since then, there have been constant accelerations of time.

(Video part of the project “ecosystems”. Monochannel version of a spectacle in progress).

This piece, structured like a schizophrenic experiment, manages to evoke the apocalyptic landscape of a land flooded long ago. The sound track intensifies a feeling of anxiety which, three months later, starts bearing fruit: a puddle of mud with small formless organisms.

The domestic reality is interpreted in terms of other realities, other landscapes, other cultures. This piece suggests an imaginary journey where movement itself is questioned, where the meeting of cultures and where different customs are interrogated. In the introspective reflection that the movement generates, the enigma of the other is searched. An immediate place is explored through its signs, its symbols and the traces of time and conditions.

“As if returning from a long exile, without having yet travelled, and finding upon her return a motionless landscape.”

Franciso Ruiz de Infante works with the tension of a constant threat. He explores the behaviour of nature and the unconscious in some of their destructive and regenerative effects. His works are literal inner agitations. In this piece he suggests a structure that reacts unexpectedly to the other, a convulsion which helps the progress of nature’s system. “The notion of an ecosystem in the sense that “natural sciences” give it, but also in a poetic and a political sense. The concept is constantly enriched every time that I observe or dialogue with a new context.”

Technical datasheet

  • Title: La Piedra de Nueva York
  • Direction: Francisco Ruiz de Infante
  • Production: AsociaciĆ³n Autour de la terre. 2003.
  • Team:

    Image and edition : Francisco Ruíz de Infante

    Sound : Christian Sebille / Ruíz de Infante

    Post-production, sound and image studios :  Atelier des RIVES. Auberive (France) / Césaré Reims.

  • Duration: 00:14:40
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright