During the summer, the Darkroom will feature a film trilogy by Mexican artist Carlos Amorales: Amsterdam (2013), The Man Who Did All Things Forbidden (2014) and The Eye-Me-Not (2015). Combining tradition, popular culture and subcultures with the visual idiom of conceptual art, Amorales’s works move between European and South American cultural legacies while also reflecting the duality of the artist’s own cultural identity.
Amorales’s films begin with rigorous research, and they offer him a field in which he can test his thinking. The first film in the trilogy, Amsterdam (23 min.), explores the potential of non-verbal communication. During the making of the film, both the director and the actors used no verbal language. As spoken language and text become abstracted, room is freed for improvisation, and the actors’ physical expression becomes the primary tool of communication. For Amorales, this makes the film a “state of exception” akin to social anarchy.
The Man Who Did All Things Forbidden (40 min.) was inspired by Estrella Distante (1996), a novel by the Chilean author Roberto Bolaño. Exploring Bolaño’s views of the Chilean avant-garde, the film revels in the surrealist imagery and poetic rhythms of his writing. The film is also based on research into the political radicalisation of poetry in Chile following the 1973 coup d’état and the post-war introduction of a neoliberal economy.
The Eye-Me-Not (50 min.) explores the idea of cinematic collage through the dream of an opium addict. The work is an amalgamation of the paintings, costumes and set designs of the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich, the ideas of the German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys, and the controversial texts of Chilean writer Manuel Serrano. The entire project is permeated by collage: the actors use collage cut-outs as props and scenic backdrops to develop a symbolic language of their own, thereby opening up new associative and narrative possibilities.
Carlos Amorales (born 1970) lives and works in his native Mexico City. He spent the years 1992–2004 in Amsterdam, where he studied at Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie. His media include drawing, animation, installation, performance, painting and video.
Amsterdam (23 min.)
11:00 | 12:50 | 14:45 | 16:40 | 18:30
The Man Who Did All Things Forbidden (40 min.)
11:20 | 13:15 | 15:10 | 17:00
The Eye-Me-Not (50 min.)
12:00 | 13:55 | 15:50 | 17:40