And The World Was Calm, 2020. Daniel Solomons & Gracia Ramírez, Visual Poem.
Unit1 gallery-workshop, Unit 1, 1 Bard Road, London W10 6TP
Daniel Solomons (MRSS)
Gracia Ramirez (doctor in Film Studies and Lecturer in Media at University of the Arts London)
This piece reflects on the automatisms that we adopt during our daily journeys, the frantic movement of masses, the speed and inertia of life in large cities. It explores anxieties and longings, individual and collective boundaries, the functional and limited vision of our interdependencies, of the others.
It also analyses a “no place”, the transitory space of the city where there is a constant coming and going that swallows us in some sort of collective hallucination which is also a physical experience continuously changing. A time for not stopping, for not thinking.
But the world has stopped, and we have too.
Now we are living an uncertain moment where we try to adumbrate the changes to come. From the distance of confinement these images have acquired a different dimension, we are questioning those patterns of social behaviour and with it, the very identity of the city.
Will those patterns be restored in the new normal?