Seawash

Experimental/MiniDV/2001
Director: Alex Méndez Giner
Sound Design & Editing: Alex Méndez Giner

Synopsis

Memories and tides are cruel; only leave scars behind.

Director's Statement

Seawash is a video about memory. Memory never shows us what we really want to see. It mutates with time, continually offering us different and likely distorted images. Memories haunt us but also desert us, fading out, leaving behind only the scar. But in their ambiguity, memories may also be sensual and beautiful as well as cruel. Accordingly, Seawash illustrates both absence and reconstruction. This film was my attempt to grasp memory—not memory in general, but my personal memories of different times and spaces, and my own longing for past sensations.

Seawash was also my first attempt to construct a dominant state of mind that permeates the film’s entire structure. Although not a narrative in the conventional sense, the video takes the viewer on an experiential journey that becomes a “whole” in the contrast—or perhaps the orchestrations—between its visual and aural elements. I will share here an insightful observation about Seawash made by Juan Pablo Quintero, Professor of Mass Communication and Literature at Universidad de Piura in Peru: “Waves have a tragic purpose: upon completing their journey, they are extinguished without rejoicing.”

Festivals

  • Microwave International New Media Arts Festival. Latinamerican Selection. Hong Kong, 2002

  • 13th Videobrasil International Festival. Brazil, 2001

  • 5th Pirelli’s Young Artist’s Exhibition. Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas. Venezuela, 2001



Other Events and Exhibitions: 


  • Museo de Arte de Coro (Coro's City Art Museum). Video Art Exhibition. Venezuela, 2006

  • Associação Cultural Videobrasil. Exhibition “Video como Ferramenta” (Video as a Tool)Program 1: Realidade/Subjetividade (Reality/Subjectivity) Brazil, 2003

  •  Invited Artist. Video Zone, Israel International Video-Art Biennial. Center for Contemporary Art. Israel, 2002

  • Contemporary Art Museum of CaracasPermanent Video-Art Collection/Exhibition since 2002. Venezuela 2002

  • Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas. Collective Video-Art Show: “Del cubo a la caja negra.” (From the Cube to the Black Box) Venezuela, 2002

  • Associação Cultural Videobrasil. Exhibition “O Vídeo Como Resgate de Uma Identidade” (Video to the rescuing of identity.) Brazil, 2001

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