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O Donde Habite el Olvido

Miguel Benlloch


O donde habite el olvido is a reflection about the cultural politics in the city of Granada. At the same time, the artist pays hommage to the Northamerican artist James Lee Byars, with whom Benlloch had a very special relationship.

This video documents a performance that took place on the same circle where, eight years before, a piece by Byars was located. The action takes place in front of a video projection which tells the story of the piece, La esfera dorada (The golden sphere). Dressed in his mirror dress –a recurrent element of his work-, Benlloch recalls the lines that he once sung inside Byars’ La esfera dorada.

Benlloch started his performance practice precisely with Byars’ construction of the golden sphere in Granada in 1992. Located in the Córdoba Palace in Granada, in front of the Alhambra, the sphere was built by artisans of Granada as part of the artistic project Plus Ultra. The sphere, of three metres in diametre and 10 cm thick plaster, was covered in gold leaf and held inside the vacuum of another sphere.

During the construction of the piece, Byars asked Benlloch to get inside the sphere for the oppening day, and from the inside sing the song Maria de la O. Miguel did so, and the openning night, before openning the show to the public, Benlloch got into the sphere with the help of a crane. The audience heard with amazement the sound comming out of the sphere.

The intensitiy of the experience lived while building the Golden Sphere and its later destruction, in which Benlloch was also involved, took the granadian artist to make this piece O donde habite el olvido.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: O Donde Habite el Olvido
  • Direction: Miguel Benlloch
  • Production: BNV. 2000.
  • Team:

    Camera: Carmela F. Sigler
    Edition: Ivan Schrek

  • Duration: 00:21:00
  • Languages: Spanish
  • Original format: DVD
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: PAL
  • License: Copyright