In Invisible Cities Marco Polo and Kublai Khan talk of cities that are like no other yet all are similar… with each trip, we never return the same person… we revisit our memories… compare between what was and what is, gain new insights… between hearsay and our first hand experiences, we let go of some prejudices and fossilise new observations. This process loops with every revisit. It is what we dont see – we never know and that unseen remains unrefuted and unquantiflied – waiting to happen!
My friend and Prof. Paolo Favero @ ISCTE/IUL University Institute Lisbon, invited me to present my work to his students on the postGrad programme in Digital Visual Culture. Here I am presenting key motiroti projects (alladeen, 60×60 Secs and Journeys of Love) by sharing my process and practice, to generate exchanges between the different languages of art and ethnography and how both languages can go beyond their usual boundaries.
They are different yet very similar… the common factor is that of observation in the metrics of time. Moments are transient and fleeting… here they have been flipped as sketches… reference points in time… fresh memories now, perhaps nostalgia for later 🙂
The glittering beads and glorious smell of holy basil, from plucking chords to silent mexican serenande on a belly full of home cooked delights.
Walks and rides through the city… grazing my head on a low entrance of a temporary home of Jose living by the beach to CCB Centre Cultural Belen to see Mappa Mundi
The man with a Uri Geller-ish spoon and his guiding stick to aid his blindness in the hub hub of Lisbon metro