frame after experience
SANTIAGO SEPULVEDA / LA ISLA BONITA
Santiago Sepúlveda is a transdisciplinary artist and teacher based in Bogotá, Colombia. His practice is marked by an interdisciplinary approach which looks at the overlap between theatre, performance and live art. He has developed a technique called cine vivo (live cinema), in which moving images and bodies on the stage enter a symbiotic relationship. By creating tension between the physical presence of the bodies and the projected realities in the images, Santiago explores the complexity of cultural contrasts and the variety of forms in which we inhabit our reality.
In making La Isla Bonita, una acción cinematica (The Beautiful Island, A cinematic action), Santiago undertook an in-depth documentation of life in the Proas Building, a middle-class apartment building in Bogotá. The research comprised his own observational films and years of logbook entries by the numerous superintendents that had worked in the building. He juxtaposed this with audio excerpts in Hungarian taken from the film Werckmeister Harmonies by Béla Tarr, an artist he admires deeply for his approach to framing in his films.
Here, Santiago shares with DRAFF some of the materials from the research process for La Isla Bonita.
La Isla Bonita, una acción cinematica plays as part of Festival SÂLMON on the 23rd February, at Graner, Barcelona.