Imprecise Itineraries #1 - First Impressions of a City | MIRO SOARES


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A collaboration between Centre Pompidou and Forum des Images / Festival Pocket Films (France). With the support of Bergen Kommune (Norway). Thanks to: USF Verftet, Bergen Senter For Elektronisk Kunst, Mediaverkstedet I Bergen, and Stiftelsen 3,14.

Mobile phone video (3GP) on DV 41b30bon single channel video or seven screen video installation (loop) Bergen, Norway. 2009 .

Imprecise Itineraries #1 - First impressions of a city is the result of a project in which I've asked seven different people to draw up any itinerary on a map that I should follow in my first days in Bergen, Norway. For seven days, these maps were guiding me, leading to my first impressions of the city. Each day I've picked up a map randomly, using it as a reference as I was walking around the city. This walking device has determined my experience in the face of the city and the production of a video artwork.

The video was recorded using a cell phone camera and is divided in seven parts. Each part corresponds to one day and to a different itinerary. The artwork is conceived as a film-essay. It has a documentary approach, showing a kind of multiple bmicro-eventsb in the daily routine, at the same time it has an approach very bpictorialb, which could express the point of view of a painter or of a photographer.

An important element in the work is the aesthetic present in the images that corresponds to the language of this mobile device and reflects our time. Formally we can see all the issues related to the capture format and the equipment. We can see elements like progressive brightness, filtered audio capture, the 16 frames per seconds, etc. It's also present the specificity in the camera movements in the space that follows the movement of the walking body. .

Miro Soares is a Brazilian visual artist based in Paris. He holds a Master of Arts and Digital Media and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Filmmaker and traveller, he has participated in exhibitions and residencies in different countries.


Read Miro Soares text Notes on Mobility as a tool for creation in artist's cinema