Contra a Cegueira da Ordem Estabelecida (Against the Blindness of the Established Order)
Organizers: Realities Group
– Coordinators: Profª Drª Silvia Laurentiz and Prof. Dr. Marcus Vinicius Fainer Bastos.
Aline Gabrielle Renner
The work makes the spectator wonder about the glaze of the vision through an audiovisual installation where the visitor is provoked to peek through an opening. At this instant, from a Processing developed code, the visitor’s eyes image is captured by a camera, inserting the eye into the movie scene of Un Chien Andalou (1929), by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, replacing the eye of the actress with that of the visitor.
General description of the Project:
The work consists of an audiovisual installation developed from the emblematic scene of the film An Andalusian Dog (Un Chien Andalou, 1929), by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, in which we see a woman’s eye cut by a razor. In the installation space, a looping projection of the scene that precedes the mutilation is shown, in which a man is sharpening a razor. There is a box with a small hole, through which the visitor is encouraged to peek. Inside this box, it is possible to read phrases on a display that encourage the visitor to look, questioning him about that very gesture and causing him to doubt its alleged simplicity. At this moment, from a Processing developed code, a camera captures the image of the visitor’s eye and inserts it in the original scene of the film, replacing the actress’s eye with that of the visitor.
As a movement that sought to problematize the aesthetics and established values of a bourgeois and bureaucratic society, even today, more than 80 years after the publication of the Surrealist Manifestos (1924), by Andre Breton, the works developed in the period still provoke concerns and reflections. Although Buñuel stated that there was no intention of producing meaning with the film (on the contrary, the only rule would be to escape rationalization), An Andalusian Dog became a reference in Surrealism, and there were many attempts to find social, political, cultural and psychological interpretations for the film.
The scene in which the eye is split by a razor, in particular, allows for numerous readings. What does it mean to cut an eye? In a short text about the scene, Carlos Fuentes writes: “The dissatisfied, condemned, dangerous, secretive, against the comfortable , conformist, consecrated look; the eyes of the total world, contaminated, desirous, revolutionary, against the blindness of the established order ”. We understand Fuentes’ reading from a political perspective: here, cutting an eye is an emancipatory gesture, which frees the dissatisfied and questioning gaze from the limits of a neutralized look, that is, conformist, apathetic, conditioned, automated. Looking is also a political attitude, and opening your eyes can be as violent an experience as cutting a razor.
Cut an eye: contaminate it with the desire to see.
FUENTES, Carlos. Prólogo. In: CESARMAN, Fernando C. El Ojo de Buñuel: Psicoanalisis desde una butaca. Barcelona: Editorial Anagrama, 1976.
- 01 video projector
- 01 computer
- 01 webcam
- 01 Arduino Uno board
- 01 protoboard
- 01 LCD screen