BEHIND THE SCENES - CINEMA WHERE IMAGES BECOME WEAPONS: Alvaro Fernandez (SP)

AA Visiting School Online Lecture

18:00h Melbourne

A Google Earth tour through the territories where the filming of the upcoming feature film SO FOUL A SKY (www.sofoulasky.com / @sofoulasky.film) took place. From pixelated satellite maps to the political and moral reality of venturing into the frontier-lands and petrol zones of Venezuela, a state in a stagnated civil conflict where a camera on the hands of a stranger is instantaneously transformed into a weapon. Questions regarding the act of filmmaking, image-making, and the western gaze, will be confronted in order to explore the meaning images have once their danger rests upon their freedom and effect: How much does an image weight?

Álvaro F. Pulpeiro is a Spanish filmmaker based in Bogotá, Colombia. After being brought up between Canada, Brazil and Australia, Álvaro collaborates on diverse projects along side Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Charles Arsene-Henry for the LUMA Foundation and is part of 89+; a collective curated by Hans Obrist Ulrich. Álvaro has directed and produced Sol mihi semper Lucet (16’, 2015), a short film intimately exploring the colossal West Texan landscapes which was selected for the 2015 Play Doc Film Festival, L’Aternativa Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona, Porto / Post Doc, Curtocircuito and Alcances Film Festival in Cadiz. His film Nocturno: Ghosts of the Sea in Port (72’, 2017), produced by A Cuarta Parede Films, premiered at the FICX in Gijón and was the Official Selection for Documentaries at the Edinburgh International Film Festival this year. Álvaro pushes the boundaries of filmmaking and is currently working on new large format project between the Colombia-Venezuela border.

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This lecture is part of the 2020 AA Visiting School: New Paper elective,  a two-week intensive online design studio introducing students to contemporary digital design techniques, toolsets and workflows, striving for innovation in design resolution.