We Only Guarantee The Dinosaurs

performance — environment

16mm films, 8 x 1m red carpet, head torch, palm tree, variable measure of ribbon, raincoat, kettle, cardboard box, dry ice, water, microphone, ostrich feather, tungsten lamp, 2 16mm film projectors on wheeled supports

2014 — 2015
 
Photographs: Érik Bullot


From a territory inherited from the confluence of cinema, sculpture, and dance, the conditions of enunciation of the filmic image are transformed. Cinema's luminous resonance occupies a space and has the potentiality of turning it into a tactile, magnetic, and gaseous geometry from which projecting does not simply consist of creating optical and magnified images through a film and onto a screen. To project also relates to thought processes and bodily actions.


« We Only Guarantee The Dinosaurs enchanted the audience with a carefully-constructed choreography guiding a series of objects through an earnest investigation of the essence of cinema (pre, present, post) and its possibilities. On/off screen space dissolved; time and space unfolded in simple gestures; shadow play and dancing leaves, red ribbons and carpets, friends and muted fruits. The future of a thriving film art relies upon efforts like [this], so that cinema(rt) never dies and regenerates into forms we cannot yet know. »
Jodie Mack, "Love Letter to Esperanza Collado", in La Furia Umana n.7, 2014.


« In a day and age when moving images are so ubiquitous, so easy to make and handle, and so throwaway, this eccentric process by which she worked and worked in front of the audience towards a fragile apparition of a film image affected me as a purification ritual for the moving image itself, a rebirth, a small and indecisive miracle. Which risks making the performance sound very pompous - in fact it was very funny as well and full of healthy absurdity. »
Maximilian Le Cain, EFS Publications 2016.