2013, Rio de Janeiro/Berlin. One video channel projection, color, audio, 7 min 30s in Loop, Full HD Format.
Frames of a tropical rainforest covered by smoke. Beams of a solar day embody the movement of smoke. The wind sometimes reveals and sometimes hides the forest density. Between opacity and transparency, the smoke makes us realize the wind among the trees. Within the Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro, on a day of waning moon, a woman begins the cultivation of corn, according to the Guaraní indigenous ritual.
„¿Con cuántos árboles se hace una selva? ¿con cuántas casas una ciudad?“ ORTEGA Y GARSSET, José, Meditaciones del Quijote
During my last trip to Brazil, I was invited to the inauguration of an Oca*, built by friends who live in Pedra de Guaratiba, a neighborhood in western Rio de Janeiro, closer to the Atlantic Forest and the sea. The group had attended a workshop about Opy`s construction. Opy are houses of prayer, in the Guaraní culture, made with recycling methods and by reusing the region's natural resources for a sustainable construction. The day after the opening ceremony, we started planting corn by clearing the land with the slash and burning a small part of the forest. The video "The jungle is the head" is a result of this experience with the group and rapprochement with the rituals of Guaraní`s construction and cultivation.
In the context of the exhibition "Return to Forever_Brutalism, Attitudes & Fiction", in May 2013 in the Gallery of the Czech Center Berlin, the video is designed as a second window to the outside of the gallery, which already has a showcase facing the street. The desire of integration between interior and exterior is a characteristic of brutalist architecture of the building, built between 1974 and 1978 in Berlin. By projecting the video at the back of the room, I establish a dialogue between the space of an outside forest, and the rest of the interior wood walls of the gallery. The building and the body of the room, seen as a large sculpture, will once again be covered with wood, re-dressed. The image and sounds of Brazilian rain forest, create an atmosphere in this space, and are re-signified by a new context.
The video was conceived and edited for this space, and its premise is to question the operations that the moving image is able to perform when taking into account the area of its projection, the shock that emerges from this encounter, and their potential meanings and affections to be filled.
*Oca is the name given to typical Brazilian indigenous housing. The term comes from the Tupi-Guarani language family.