Puerta Beta

Chus Domínguez

The chance of daily experience rings throughout Chus Domínguez's work. It takes place in an industrial area in detriment. A door opens and you see a landscape where all means of transport casually join a choreographed pattern.

As part of the collective creation for a particular place by Nilo Gallego called “Outside the factory Beta”, this video manages to combine the sense of the event and the look of the opposite, the passage of a normal day outside a factory. The series of actions undertaken in this abandoned factory had the complicity of the people living in the Zorrozaurre (Bilbao) neighborhood who had lived outside the factory all their lives. This time it was possible to see the exterior from the inside, observing the rail lines that connect the suburbs to the center of Bilbao. Puerta Beta was made to be projected on the door that opens at the start, pointing to a tautology, delimited by the opening and closing time, which helps to display and analyze this piece while de-contextualizing reality.

As a collector of reality's moments who gives a posteriori meaning to narrative, documentary, or poetry, Chus Domínguez has collaborated on many performance creations in which the improvisation's randomness marks the work's rhythm, honing the ability to observe and capture the moment. In this case, through the simple act of seeing with a fixed camera, there appears an assortment of transportation at different levels of the frame that is created by the factory's open door. A deep and contemporary reflection on landscape, one of the great subject matters of painting, is produced by representing it as Duchamp's found object. Everything was there, only the author has pointed it out through an accidental frame and by constraining the time of contemplation.

Technical datasheet

  • Title: Puerta Beta
  • Direction: Chus Domínguez
  • Production: Chus Domínguez. 2009.
  • Team:

    Idea: Nilo Gallego, Chus Domínguez

    Collaborators: Varis Fuertes, Noemí Fidalgo

  • Duration: 00:04:33
  • Original format: Mini DV
  • Formats: Betacam Digital - DVD
  • TV systems: NTSC - PAL
  • License: Creative Commons