“The Guise” is a multimedia piece 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. They born and raised to that life and they are afraid to change. The chains made these human beings bind to themselves and to their lives.
In “The Guise” we imagine the city as a receptacle, as if the cave is the city itself, where our memories, hopes and fears are been projected on.
The representation of the prisoners chains for us is the most closed and most obtuse side of our cultural roots. Our interpretation of these chains as elastic bands, shows that as human beings we are able to express ourselves, symbolically able to move, but not able to leave, to detached ourselves from the tree, which embodies what our society imposes on us.
This cross media collaboration has the aim to explore ecstatically the analogy between the Plato’s cave and the cities, using London as an hypothetical theatre stage.
HD / Colour / Stereo
Directed by Ines von Bonhorst and Yuri Pirondi
Perfofmed by Sofia Figuereido
Music by Mauricio Velasierra and Heidi Heidelberg
Installation by Bruno Jamaica