performance – Luis Macias (ES) & Adriana Vila Guevara (ES) + Alfredo Costa Monteiro (PT)
“The storm exhales through us and the bare branches, so that we can borrow its pure and permanent virtue. We wonder if the cities have heard the simplicity of its story, despite its loneliness. In discord, hopefully, we discover the news of its streets and avenues, as refugees in the trap vacuum. For now, they say, the storm has passed. But we do not believe it.” Luis Macías & Adriana Vila Guevara
One October day in 2010, recyclers and propagators of film images, Luis Macías and Adriana Vila Guevara, decided that a film screening is mainly an event and they took up the nomadic life, travelling to various cities with load coils, projectors, sticking machines, filters, lenses and other artifacts; to retell stories, spread abstraction, create optical illusions and to deform the environment of an imaginary crater. The creative audiovisual collective Crater was thus born of scenic work with snatches of other people‘s lives recorded on 8mm film, Super8 and 16mm.
Expanded cinema screenings, installations and performances have become their tools in the search for experimental audiovisual narratives. In 2014, the crater partially touched the ground and Crated-Lab was formed in Barcelona as a place of creation, production, experimentation and film screenings. Even Silence Can Cause a Storm from Luis Macías, Adriana Vila Guevara and experimental musician Alfredo Costa Monteiro is a transmission of vibrations sending shivers to the optical system, the cinematographic apparatus and the electro-acoustic instruments. The restless insight into the turbulent landscape deflects the perceptual experience of one’s relationship with nature on our usual planet. Nature becomes hypnotically gentle and violent. Nature is the film itself, in which Macias and Guevara intervene at all stages of the process; from causing distortions over traditional recipes to the multiplication of individual film frames by optical copying. Similarly, with the level of sound, Monteiro applies field recordings which leave the ground to follow the seductive sound of the lyre and go off-road through a different audio landscape. The order of the structural score enjoys the chaos of grain and waves.