installation (multi-channel video projection, loop, sound)
...A confuse and indistinctive landscape · Portugal · 2009
“...A confuse and indistinctive landscape” is the 4-channel video installation from a German propaganda film regarding Crete's invasion in May, 1941. I found this 8mm film in a photographic thrift shop in Berlin, in 2008. Due to its format, I originally thought it could have been sold to a general public during the war, but I was told by a cinema historian this kind of films were used by the army to indoctrinate new recruits. In this installation, the original film was dismantled, fragmented e remounted into four lost in time sequences with the purpose of frustrating their ideological sense.
The anacronical use of means has been one of my works' structural elements. For me, the search and usage of analogic films throughout the digital imaging era has been a statement regarding the image's condition, when it comes to its political existence in the moment of its production and distribution. On the other hand, the film's analogical image offers the possibility of being touched, that is, physically intervened, is in some point, determinant to my work process. I don't know if there's an antagonism between analogical and digital images like “before” and “after”. For me, what I see are distinct potentials of thinking and structuring the image.
Daniel Barroca was born in Lisbon in 1976. He studied Visual Arts at ESAD.CR and made his Personal Project in Visual Arts from Ar.co. He made several residences of which the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, in Berlin, supported by Fundação Gulbenkian; the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam with the support of the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture and Science and Fundação Gulbenkian stand out. Barroca has displayed his work in places like the Serralves Museum in Oporto, the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, the Berardo Museum in Lisbon, the Galleri Image in Aarhus, the NCCA in Moscow, the CIAJG in Guimarães and the Abteiberg Museum in Mönchengladbach. He is one of the artists involved in the Lonelyfingers Project based in Düsseldorf.