LUIS ÚRCULO

  • Paradises of the Memory
  • Video monocanal y dibujo

“During her life, my grandmother classified as “paradises of the memory” those places and mo-ments in which she had lived intensely, that for some sentimental or territorial reason it was impos-sible or better not to see again. That is how I started to develop this project and the reconstruction of a place I visited only on one occasion and to which it was impossible to go back to.”

This document starts from a research on abandoned cinemas and theaters in Mexico City. This search has defined a series of locations that drew the possibility of what the Bogart Cinema hides inside its walls. Not being able to work directly with the space of the Bogart Cinema and its current geographical vital situation (living in Mexico DF) determined its strategy.

Memories and distance become tools and materials with which reality can be shaped. When you carry out a reconstruction that belongs to the past, to memories, it tends to be something very fragile, evanescent, imprecise. This material is fragmented and easily volatile. It is a possibility, it is not a reality. An approach, not a description. The image is built from obscurity, through a sequence of lights that allow seeing a space for a second, before it disappears again in darkness... and going back to memories. It is not possible to possess memory. It is better for it to live there, in the possible.

Luis Úrculo / Madrid, España / 1978

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