Living together

Xcèntric Archive

Friction is contact between two moving bodies. When we relate friction with our presence on Earth, it leads us to rethink the close, interdependent relationship between human life and the rest of the species around it. As part of the exhibition "Ciencia Fricción" [Science Friction], the Xcèntric Archive has brought together filmmakers from its collection who've observed nature thoroughly in order to reflect on the possibility of a symbiotic coexistence. A journey from the cosmic "outskirts" to the interior of the terrestrial landscape, where humans emerge as a destabilising force.

Impresiones en la alta atmósfera [Impressions from the Upper Atmosphere], José Antonio Sistiaga, 1988, Spain, 7’ (2’ excerpt).

Through more than 10,000 hand-painted images, the author takes us on a hallucinatory interstellar journey where a hot, vaporous planet is constantly mutating.

A Phantasy, Norman McLaren, 1952, Canada, 7’.

In this dreamlike piece by the Canadian animator, inanimate objects come to life in surreal desert landscapes reminiscent of the invisible microbial organisms that sustain life on Earth.

Metamorfose [Metamorphosis], The Wagner Brothers, 1977, Brazil, 6’31”.

The two months of filming, on Super-8, the metamorphosis of a caterpillar intermingle with the bustling growth of a city. A question resonates in the slow transformation of this butterfly: how can we live together?

Baltazar, Claudio Caldini, 1975, Argentina, 3’11”.

The primordial relationship between humans and the world around them embodied in the movements of a child exploring a beach and the things that live there.

Visión intertropical [Intertropical Vision]. Adriana Vila Guevara, 2018, Spain, 5’.

Multiple points of view of the same landscape of plants converge in a structure of mirrors, producing an abstract, kaleidoscopic universe.

Swamp, Robert Smithson & Nancy Holt, 1971, USA, 5’44”.

Two people are trying to move through a swamp. Through this land art performance, we ask ourselves how we can "be" in an alien ecosystem, while reminding ourselves that not everywhere belongs to us.

Behind This Soft Eclipse, Eve Heller, 2004, USA, 10’.

Elements such as light, water, a man and an animal intermingle and blend together as part of the same landscape. A lyrical, hopeful vision in black and white of a possible coexistence in the world.


Curated by Julia Martos.










You can view the works of this playlist in the Xcèntric Archive.