CLOSE-UP | PRIMER PLA - 2021

An Immersive Cinematic Art Installation
DIRECTED by Laia Cabrera

IN COLLABORATION WITH Isabelle Duverger

Conceived and created by Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger

Original music by Nana Simopoulos and Enrique Granados

Cinematography and Editing by Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger

 

"In a world in which one is tempted to forget or ignore too much, the reconquest of our collective past should be among our first projects for our future.” Umberto Eco

 

Close-Up/Primer Pla: An Immersive Cinematic Art Installation is a poem to Catalan landscape and architecture, a visual tone poem that uncovers new parallels between identifiable motifs of the land and the built environment, between nature and art. The tale it weaves navigates between gentle familiar territory and sudden, revelatory estrangement, spanning both distant memory and nostalgia for what is yet to come.

Conceived as a visual narrative memoir, looking back and looking forward, a filmic poem of future nostalgia and selective memory. Capturing the instant, going back to the origin, a memory in act.

The piece departs from three major themes for the visual storytelling: Place + People + Values. Unveiling a sensorial “viatge” as a “spiral”, we created an oneiric journey merging and juxtaposing the essence of these thematic concepts as a triptych video installation. With a cinematic style, using mathematic patterns in nature like spiral, fractals, voronoi, the symbolic tradition of Castells, the textures and shapes of modern architectural landscapes of Catalunya; a visual storytelling materializing thoughts, allegories, scenic metaphors and imaginary skylines. Our focus was also on the rituals of togetherness and solidarity, images of embrace and openness of a community.

The gaze is on the details, the poetry, the beauty of the senses and the longing for an inclusive and sustainable future. A path forward – unveiled through collective traditions and multiculturalism. ​
 

Presented at:

Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the United States, Washington DC, September 14, 2021

White Space Gallery Chelsea - New York, NY - November 15-16, 2021

Coral Gables Museum, Miamia, FL - November 17, 2021

Sant Jordi USA festival - Jersey City Theater Center, NJ - April 21-24, 2022

Commissioned by the Delegation of the Government of Catalonia to the United States
. Presented with the support of Office of Turism of Catalonia
Produced by Laia Cabrera & Co.

 

White Space Gallery Chelsea - New York, NY - November 15-16, 2021
White Space Gallery Chelsea - New York, NY - November 15-16, 2021

White Space Gallery Chelsea - New York, NY - November 15-16, 2021

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Close-Up / Primer Pla
Close-Up / Primer Pla

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Coral Gables Museum, Miamia, FL - November 17, 2021
Coral Gables Museum, Miamia, FL - November 17, 2021

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White Space Gallery Chelsea - New York, NY - November 15-16, 2021
White Space Gallery Chelsea - New York, NY - November 15-16, 2021

White Space Gallery Chelsea - New York, NY - November 15-16, 2021

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Close-Up - Primer Pla | New York - Miami, November 2021

 

Film Directed by Laia Cabrera

Skyline Illustration and Animation by Isabelle Duverger

Music composed by Nana Simopoulos featuring “Stories of the Young” by Enric Granados

Cinematography, editing and visual effects by Laia Cabrera & Isabelle Duverger

Projection mapping design: Isabelle Duverger

Assistant production: Isabel Cabrera

Second unit drone operator: Ramon Godia Cabrera

Additional Castells de Girona and Llança footage by Xavier Tarrida Ibars

Escaldarium Caldes de Montbui, courtesy images of VOTV

 

Special thanks to: Isidre Sala Queralt - Maria Pilar Pérez Ordoño - Magalí Muria-Tunon - Daniel Ricart Pons - Xavier Vila - Concepcio Ibars Pla - Rosa Godia Cabrera - Antoni Benavente - Raul Bonet - Ignasi Pinedo - Ana Maria Agusti - Eva Tarrida - Elisenda Tarrida - Carme Ibars Pla - Montse Agustí Vaeza - Mònica Agustí Vaeza -
Juanjo Martinez - Isidre Pineda - Emma Caldes - Clara Armengol - Cristina Castellà Figuera - David Maorel - Sara López - Aina Ferrer - Anna Bellorbí Vilaplana - Isabel Illana Corominas - Judith Pi I Riubrugent - Núria Caralps de Alós - Josep Manuel I Claramunt - Lidia Tobar - Sandra Hernández Morante - Amor Estadella Puigvert

 

Extensive thanks to:

Palau de la Música Catalana | Casa Batlló – Gaudí – Barcelona (www.casabatllo.es) | Casa Mila, La Pedrera | Sagrada Família | Park Güell | Oficina de Relacions Externes i Protocol Gabinet de la Consellera | La Seu Vella, Consorci Del Turó De La Seu Vella De Lleida |Cartoixa d'Escaladei | Centre del Romànic de la Vall de Boí - Sant Climent de Taüll | Castell d”Encus, the Pyrenees Winery | La Vinya dels Artistes, Mas Blanch I Jové | Penelles, The Street Art Village: Bkfoxx and Zeso WF – Rulo Lopez – Mina Hamada – Slim Safont | Museum and Termes Romanes de Caldes de Montbui | Marracos - Castellers de Lleida

 

© 2021 Laia Cabrera & Co.

CLOSE-UP at SANT JORDI USA 2022

Jersey City Theater Center - April 21, 2022

Followed by Q&A with Laia Cabrera, Isabelle Duverger and

Nana Simopoulos moderated by Mary Ann Newman

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