HOPE (2004)

This is a space & time specific movie projection in one of the walls of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The movie is a sequence of 24 DVDs with a candle burning. This giant projected candle will burn slowly, consuming itself during the passing nights. Starting Thursday December 9th its height will be reducing until December 31st when it will be turned into its minimum expression. Once in January, a human hand will enter the frame to light another full size candle and place it over the old one. This new candle will burn for a few more days (consuming itself very slowly) until the first days of January when the piece will be removed. Fire is the origin of projections. From ancient times many cultures have been exploring the possibilities of shadows and light filtering to produce expressive results. Even today cinema, television, a computer monitor or ...

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This is a space & time specific movie projection in one of the walls of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The movie is a sequence of 24 DVDs with a candle burning. This giant projected candle will burn slowly, consuming itself during the passing nights. Starting Thursday December 9th its height will be reducing until December 31st when it will be turned into its minimum expression. Once in January, a human hand will enter the frame to light another full size candle and place it over the old one. This new candle will burn for a few more days (consuming itself very slowly) until the first days of January when the piece will be removed. Fire is the origin of projections. From ancient times many cultures have been exploring the possibilities of shadows and light filtering to produce expressive results. Even today cinema, television, a computer monitor or an LCD projector, are no more than simple technological shifts from these old ideas. Burning wood has always been a way to generate not only light but heat and smell as well. All the religions use fire and candles in their rites, there is something about life and hope that this phenomena represents in an extremely accurate way. As a TV set, fire’s random flame patterns of light and shadows can hypnotized anyone. A city like San Francisco can consume thousands of KW a night, but light is still measured in candles, the horse power artificial brightness.

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This is a space & time specific movie projection in one of the walls of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The movie is a sequence of 24 DVDs with a candle burning. This giant projected candle will burn slowly, consuming itself during the passing nights. Starting Thursday December 9th its height will be reducing until December 31st when it will be turned into its minimum expression. Once in January, a human hand will enter the frame to light another full size candle and place it over the old one. This new candle will burn for a few more days (consuming itself very slowly) until the first days of January when the piece will be removed. Fire is the origin of projections. From ancient times many cultures have been exploring the possibilities of shadows and light filtering to produce expressive results. Even today cinema, television, a computer monitor or an LCD projector, are no more than simple technological shifts from these old ideas. Burning wood has always been a way to generate not only light but heat and smell as well. All the religions use fire and candles in their rites, there is something about life and hope that this phenomena represents in an extremely accurate way. As a TV set, fire’s random flame patterns of light and shadows can hypnotized anyone. A city like San Francisco can consume thousands of KW a night, but light is still measured in candles, the horse power artificial brightness.

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