Manuel Saiz - Commuting Time
Manuel Saiz - Commuting Time
01/11/2022 - 12/12/2022
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Manuel Saiz - Commuting Time

Commuting Time, or Cum Tempore, C.T. is a performative work that takes place simultaneously in two galleries. During the whole month of November, a conversation between two people is recorded on video in thirty takes, using the cinematographic resource of the shot-countershot. The peculiarity of this recording is that each shot is taken in two different cities, Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela, alternately and 24 hours later. In the middle of the shot, attending the conversation, is always the artist, which obliges him to physically travel between these two cities every day, a train journey of some 13 hours covering a distance of 900 kilometres.

In other words, while the visitor is looking at this work in the Trinta/ethall gallery, the artist is almost certainly either approaching him or moving away from him.

This is an essentially technical operation, an extremely artificial experience. For the artist it requires a preparation and a state of mind similar to that of a space journey, in terms of the long journeys, the objectives of the mission, the physical and psychological conditions of the participants: how to maintain a balanced diet, or a good physical shape in these weightless conditions, what experiments to carry out during the journey, how to develop the extra-vehicular activities, from the train to the gallery and the hotel, from the hotel to the train again in the morning, how to cope with the recording tasks in the two space stations, in Barcelona and in Santiago, how to adjust all the parameters at the same time, and how to make the filming in the two space stations, in Barcelona and in Santiago? It is necessary to adjust all the parameters simultaneously, to coordinate the actors and technicians, between them and with the artist: complete submission to the mechanisms and their timing, a great effort of coordination and synchronicity, passive and active.

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Manuel Saiz - Commuting Time
Manuel Saiz - Commuting Time

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Rúa da Virxe da Cerca 24, Santiago de Compostela, 15703
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