Awarded Place of Honour, “Inquieta imagen III” Videoart Contest,
San José, Costa Rica, 2004
The assembly is a showcase that contains two televisions with all their parts discovered. The televisions are only screen and circuits, the cover has been removed. What appears on the two screens are sequences that look like the same but are actually a bipolar dialogue, where they sometimes complement each other (coincide) and sometimes contradict each other.
The character who appears on the screens is Jimmy. A dwarf who was chosen precisely because of his condition of being a person who is not average. Sometimes we perceive certain groups of people, who are outside the average, as if they were inside a shop window. We tend to dehumanize them because we do not know much about their lives. Many of us do not know what it feels like to live in a world that is made according to other measures and standards different from ours.
In the story of the video, Jimmy comes out of the window and finds himself in an illusory space. But we viewers still see him through the screens of two old TVs and through the glass of the shop window. In this work I reflect on the flows of desire, its bifurcations and confluences. Using this structure (a couple of screens) I try to represent the dialectic of the illusion and reality and the mental screens that mediate our perception of others.