Today was the day for 'Taxonomy' to say goodbye, leaving the space for 'The state of things'. With familiar help, Rodrigo assembled a de-installation line so to be able to wrap the sailcloth-screens up, only after the long wooden spines had been removed like fishbones, which were previously holding the screens up all those days. Some grabbed and tightly spread the cloth, others loosened and perked the staples, someone promptly went straight after to remove them with some extra strength. All the traces left behind were gone in a blink's time and, in about an hour, there were the two huge screens, rolled together and standing, in the shape of a monolithic white tower in the middle of a white room. It was a brief monument dedicated to the fantastic work the team had done, which when well organised, is always a delight!
In the meanwhile, Sara stayed for some more forceful editing, which by this time counts with 20 completed interviews. There are some short and concise, each rounding the 10/15 minutes mark, whilst others got up to 1 entire hour! It was interesting to observe the different personalities in action and to delightfully notice the variations in how different people understood the several questions, with some, promptly responding with well-prepared musical performances whilst others would tell us super-long stories, most porting such a documental character, with several call-points, spinoffs and detours.
Bit by bit, various linkages between participants started emerging. First, the familiar connections, followed by the various groups and projects people had been part of, and through which many participants had crossed paths. Letting herself be guided by these archaeological findings, Sara managed to connect everyone's memories to common places, situations and experiences, which proved to be tremendous cultural gravitational forces. It is also interesting to notice that these concatenations, upon being formed, never escape emerging in the image of the myriad variations in everyone's individual perspectives. Some people remember things which others have forgotten already and, since remembering is itself a creative act, the details often become amazingly obfuscated and confused.
Photographs by Rui A. Camacho