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Shorts: Ritual, Noise, Affect


A compilation programme featuring short films that deal with this years’ themes at Rewire: Ritual, Noise, Affect

La mano que canta 

La mano que canta builds a web of connecting gestures, voicings, and images in time. These elements mimic each other following an open associative sequence: from the extraction of oak bark in Extremadura during the yearly cork harvest, to the peeling of an orange before a handheld fire, or the act of washing someone’s hand; from the tremor of leaves to that of a voice, to a bird’s flapping wings in the distance, or, again, the feedback loop between the performer’s chant and hand movements. Sensorial resistance to fixity and hierarchy, focus on transformation with all senses engaged in the process, are key aspects to this new work. Both free-form and minutely composed, La mano que canta proposes a lyrical interplay of correspondences where bodies, landscape, and the camera jointly perform, attuned to one another.

Alex Reynolds, Alma Söderberg, 2021, Spain, 22 min

Flowers blooming in our throats

Filmed after the lockdown caused by Covid-19, Flowers blooming in our throats is an intimate, poetic portrait of the fragile balances that govern everyday life in a domestic setting. The artist films a group of her friends in their own homes, performing various small actions in accordance with her instructions. Giolo chooses to walk a shifting line where gestures remain ambiguous, expressing a kind of violence that is not immediately recognisable.

Eva Giolo, 2020, Italy, 9 min