An Army of Crystallized Thoughts, 2010, 4 min, colour, sound
Courtesy of the artist
The whole of César Pesquera’s work is a seductive syntax of elements from advertising, film and the visual arts. In addition, the sound is also an important element in his work. He normally composes the music himself and it often acts as a rhythmic backbone and emotional guide. This is the case of An Army Of Crystallized Thoughts, a short film made in collaboration with the ‘vintage’ fashion firm Antoinette, filmed in Manhattan and Brooklyn. A female character walks absent-mindedly through the streets of New York and on her way reveals strange telekinetic powers. The young woman’s timeless beauty matches the ambiguity of her actions, which mix the performative and the surreal, elements that bring to mind fashion advertisements with sidelong glances at time and space that have a dream- like quality about them.
Our institutions have been stuck on linear Neo-Platonic tracks for 24 centuries. These antiquated processes of deduction have lost their authority. Just like art it has fallen off its pedestal. Legal, educational and constitutional systems rigidly subscribe to these; they are 100% text based.
He didn’t expect this from me. And I hadn’t expected that we would decide to get married that day, at that moment. Everything happened all of a sudden, but exactly like it was supposed to happen in our day. We thought of the idea of marriage simultaneously, we smiled simultaneously, blinking and opening our eyes in unison.
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