SIGNUM (2018)

 

Short film

HD digital, color, stereo, 33 min

Once the whole is divided, the parts need names.

There are already enough names.

One must know when to stop.

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Verse 32

 

SIGNUM is a performance-based short film, in which VestAndPage inquire through bodily actions the creation and function of visible and invisible signs in response to the geologic— ephemeral traces organically formed by earth's geological strata and visualised by horizontal, vertical, diagonal or sinusoidal lines. A sign is a mark, shape or symbol, to which meanings are ascribed and assessed by logic models and linguistic paradigms according to principles of validity. Questioning this approach, the artists undertake a quest for real and imaginary signs – words and poetry to be revealed, composed and transcoded by the same geological strata from which they emerge and disintegrate, once they come into touch with their mutable substance, the natural elements. Here both nature and human reasoning serve as a home, labour, or border and frontier. The artists' temporary presence is marked by the diagnostic features of sedimentary rocks, porous caves and stratified layers that reshape the landscape, along which they wander in search for expressions, languages to speak, envisioning connections to be made beyond what words can name.

Am I still able to read nature's signs and history's,

awakening my senses to an out-of-doors I've never noticed?

Take a point, stretch it into a line, curl it into a circle, fractal it.

Then collect the outcome into an alphabet.

 

Signum is the Latin noun for "sign", deriving from the Proto-Indo-European root sek(h)- "to cut, sever" or "to follow".

A VestAndPage production, Germany/Spain, 2018

In co-production with Collective Signatures

In collaboration with Francesca Carol Rolla, Guillermo Gómez-Peña & Balitronica Gómez (La Pocha Nostra)

Still photographs by Lorenza Cini

Screenings:

Collective Signatures, Sala de Cultura Cinema, Formentera, 15 November 2018

Formentera Film Festival, Official Selection EXTRAFEST, Formentera, 19 May 2019

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