Emergencia is a performative video inspired by the allegory of Plato’s Cave, Socrates describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The prisoners watch shadows projected on the wall by people passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. Such prisoners would mistake appearance for reality, they would think the things they see on the wall (the shadows) were real; they would know nothing of the real causes of the shadows. One of the prisoner manage to free himself from the chains, and once out of the cave he had a terrible shock.
Socrates narrated the light seen by the prisoner outside the cavern and the prisoner’s first reaction at the view of mountains, lakes and fields is pure astonishment, and fear of the unknown, it takes him a while to assimilate his new freedom.
The piece is questioning if this first primordial freedom is insight to everyone of us, and how can be reflected in a urban context, relegated to the lines and the spaces of the city. How this would emerge in all of us? Is it urgent to perceive the city as sensations rather than bricks and concrete?
The piece is in collaboration with the Madrilenian performer Azahara Ubera that tied to the camera operator, brought the piece in different area of Madrid, where her memories mixed with the memories of the rest of the group had emerged as a map of the feelings.
Directed by Ines Von Bonhorst and Yuri Pirondi
Performed by Azahara Ubera
Music by Mauricio Velasierra recorded live in Espacio Islandia on the 03-11-2012, in Madrid.