The many different colors you could have in stone

This project is a study about the so called non-places, a concept developed by the french anthropologist and ethnologist Marc Augé. By definition, “If a place can be defined as relational, historical and concerned with identity, then a space which cannot be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity will be a non-place.”1 These are spaces of transition which it`s lack of characterization leads to a definition by their function, so as airports, train stations, bus stops, commercial centers, supermarkets, roads and hotel chains. These places are a measure of our time, which is discontinued, fulfilled by networks of communication but though impersonal, where no relationships are inscribed. Places that are not perceived as such and where one is never fully present in it. “Clearly the word 'non-places' designates two complementary but distinct realities: spaces formed in relation to certain ends (transport, transit, commerce), and the relations that individuals have with these spaces. Although the two sets of relations overlap to a large extent (...) they are still not confused with one another; for non-places mediate a whole mass of relations, with the self and with others, which are only indirectly connected with their purposes. As anthropological places create the organically social, so non-places create solitary contractuality.”2

The matter of solitude circumscribed in these non-places was the main motivation for this project. It is an attempt to capture instants where one is in transition, confronted with himself among unknowns, where solitude is experienced as an overburdening or emptying of individuality. The Photo essay “ Passages “ tries to translate the experience of solitude into images, exposing the vulnerability of the individual in these non-places, where one becomes no more than what he does or experiences in the role of passenger or customer. “Perhaps is he still weighed down by the previous days worries, the next day`s concerns; but he is distanced from them temporarily by the environment of the moment.”3

The Film “The many different colors you could have in stone“ is a imagery research on the animation of these places by the motion of moving bodies. The passengers voices reading aloud excerpts of books and newspapers they were occupied with are overlapped with environment sounds. This is an attempt to bring this two complementary but distinct realities together: 'loss of the subject among the crowd – or, inversely, absolute power, claimed by the individual consciousness'.4 –------ 1. (p.77/78), 2. (p.94), 3. (p.103) Augé, Marc, Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity, Verso, 1995. 4. Starobinsky, Jean, 'Les cheminées et les clochers', Magazine littéraire 280, September 1990.

The many different colors you could have in stone / super8 film / 05’29”