FILM & VIDEOART

Shifting Gaze V2 (mixed media short), 2015

Shifting Gaze is a film-art-music installation about choice, desire and memory conceived and directed by Laia Cabrera (filmmaker and video artist) and created in collaboration with Erica Glyn (music, composer and singer) and Isabelle Duverger (animation and mapping). Shifting Gaze is a film about identity, about making choices, a memory in act.
Drawing from the body, faces, urban patterns, nature and remains of activity, the piece explores a notion of choice, linked to desire and memory –choice being the present, memory representing the past and desire, the drive for a future. Underneath these mirrored imageries lie many stories about limits, freedom and self-perception.

Shifting Gaze is commissioned by Georgetown Business Improvement District, and sponsored by Jamestown Properties and Georgetown Park with the support of Spain Arts and Culture.

Shifting Gaze at GLOW was projected on the main Wall of the Georgetown Canal as a site-specific immersive video mapped installation, December 11-20, 2015

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Untitled Mind (Short Film Video Dance), 2013

Directed and filmed by Laia Cabrera
Based on an original idea by Catherine Correa in collaboration with awarded choreographer Alexandre Proia
Actors/Dancers: Catherine Correa and Jonathan Royse Windham
Production design and visual effects by Isabelle Duverger
Music: Javier Moreno Sanchez / Performed by Javier Moreno Sanchez and Cat Toren
Sound design: Gisella-Fulla Silvestre and Arooj Aftab / Assistant production: Florencia Minniti

"Unitlted Mind" was presented as a Video and Sound Installation with Mapping (Simultaneous Indoor and Outdoor) at Nuit Blanche - Art All Night DC 2013

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Beautiful (music video), 2012

Music by Erica Glyn and Blair Wells - Album "Static"
Film directed and edited by Laia Cabrera
Assistant Director - Isabelle Duverger
Music Mix by Chris Lord-Alge
Special thanks to Matthieu Befve and Omar Andrade

Launched with the article of Sonic Scoop "Power Sessions: Chris Lord-Alge Turns The Tables – 10 Questions With Erica Glyn", April 19, 2012

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Shifting Gaze (mixed media short), 2010


Shifting GAZE is a film-video piece that sits somewhere between film-making, theater-dance, digital art, music and sound conceived by film-artist Laia Cabrera in collaboration with image maker Isabelle Duverger and musician Erica Glyn, about CHOICE, DESIRE and MEMORY.
Creation and artistic direction: Laia Cabrera / Music Production, Composition and Lyrics: Erica Glyn
Illustration, Editing and Animations: Isabelle Duverger

· Centro Metropolitano de Diseño. Buenos Aires, Argentina - October 15–21, 2012
· MARCO. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Vigo, Spain - July 3 - September 2, 2012.
· El Tragaluz Digital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain - May to September, 2012
· Festival Close Up, Cuale Cultural Center, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - May 3-5, 2012
· AMA (Art Museum of the Americas), Washington, DC, USA - April 28, 2012 - 10am-5pm
· Region Ø Latino Video-art Festival of New York, King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center of NYU, USA - March 26, 2011
· Spain Art Fest '11, Times Square, New York, USA - October 6-7, 2010

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Claim Your Place (Film for Installation performance), Barcelona/New York/Toulouse, 2009-2010


"Claim Your Place" is a theater, film and video-installation created for large scale outdoor or indoor spaces that sits somewhere between filmmaking, theater-dance, digital art and sound design.
This project explores beauty, desire and violence. The three pieces (the installation, the multimedia theater play and the film-dance piece) are conceived as a whole but can also function independently. The video installation surrounds the audience with real-time projections as well as pre-recorded ones, putting them center stage. The multimedia theater play takes the audience on a unique journey by merging cinematic art, dance, photography, theater, visual arts and exposition. In the film-dance piece, the audience observes projected imagery from the outside as a cinematic experience. The various physical and virtual elements of Claim Your Place creates a sensorial landscape of storytelling.

Creation: Laia Cabrera and Nuria Legarda
Interpretation: Nuria Legarda / Artistic collaboration: Isabelle Duverger
Music: Erica Glyn, Nana Simopoulos / Video recording and editing: Laia Cabrera

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Is there an edge of belief (mixed media), 2009
Produced and directed by Laia Cabrera
Presented in the 2nd edition of the multidisciplinary festival "Jaen en Femenino", Jaen, Spain
and at the Bienale Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo, Merida, Venezuela, 2010


Is there an edge of belief? is a film about the relation, uncommonness and beauty of innocence-belief. Where are the limits of our understanding of the emotions, how do we relate to the others and how do we handle the differences? Through the eyes of a little girl, its the world that we rediscover, the look at adulthood is biased and share its reality with elements of fairy-telling. As the images unravel, the density of the emotion grows, the gravity changes, and we are trapped into a world that the child in us understand, still. There is a woman breathing-singing-crying-fighting, multiple me/us trying to trace our own obsessions, flip books, visual poetry, fictional backgrounds, actors and aerial dancers elapsing their movements, impersonation and caricatures. Everything is allowed to be suggestive and accumulative, more significant than its physical appearance would indicate. So the shards of stories we have put together collide here, reflecting, and evolving like the act of memory itself. All objects and images are more than what first meets the eye, just as the visual imaginary evolves into a whole world of humanity.

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New York (mixed media), 2008

Created and edited by Laia Cabrera / Raw Footage by David Besora

A 24-hour journey in New York.

Presented in the exhibition "NY (p) NY (f) David Besora" at the Sala Gòtica, Insitut d'Estudis Ilerdencs,
Lleida, Spain, July 3 to September 14, 2008

 

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Singularity (digital film), 2006


Produced and directed by Laia Cabrera


Singularity” embodies and exemplifies these hybrid art-making practices and our changing sense of space/nonspace. The piece employs a 3-canvas video using the imagery and symbolism from many sources. The piece is about the transitory nature of life and our intent to grasp, capture the instant. The soundtrack has original music and a voice over of two women contrasting feeling and thoughts in order to understand their sense of strangeness with life.

Inaugurated the International Video and Animation Festival "Animac" in Spain, Lleida 2006

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Invisible (Narrative-Experimental 16mm film), 2005


Produced and directed by Laia Cabrera


Artistic-experimental film merging a narrative form with mental-abstract states. The film intends to frame the connection between micro and macro, the invisible labyrinths that connect us with the unconscious and the sudden changes that are beyond our expectations in life. Invisible uses digital projections too as a metaphor of ideas and dreams becoming objects.

Oficial selection Milano Film Festival 2006; Kinoforum Festival “Mostra International” Brasil 2005
Spain in New York, calendar of Cultural Events January-February 2005, Consulate General of Spain
Screening of Invisible with filmmaker talk at Topia Arts Center,  MA

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Dropped (mixed-media), 2003


Produced and directed by Laia Cabrera


A multimedia essay about memory and oblivion.
We should talk about another memory. Not limited to remembrance. A memory made body, behavior. A memory is Act. It is impossible to invent a technique of forgetting, because it is impossible to forget an act of will. Without memory there is no survival. To remember is to select.

Knowledge Union, Media Studies Screening program, NYC

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Under Influence (Experimental film 16mm color film), 2001
 

Produced and directed by Laia Cabrera | Cast: Maria Litvan, Carme Poll
Experimentations on how light affect the emotional and mental state of the viewer. This piece was shot in 16mmm and was presented in landscapes among other festivals accompanied by a symposium in which the artist was invited to talk.
"I wanted to talk about making choices in life - choices that are under some sort of influence and that we must accept as a part of our nature. The main character decides not to get up from bed because "being afraid of deception", she prefers to live her life in her mind. But being in bed is a choice in itself. It is not bad or good, it is just a choice. I wanted to point out that living in a mental state is not necessarily a form of escape. In this case, it is the character personal way of approaching existence." Laia Cabrera


Best Cinematic Film at the 23rd. Annual Invitational Film Festival, New York. Land Escapes Mount Desert Symposium in the Arts. Bar Harbor, Maine, USA; The 23rd Annual New School Invitational Film Festival.  New York, USA; Enfoque en NY.  Quito, Ecuador. New  York, USA; Screen Addictions  Exhibition of video creations, Barcelona, Spain

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Falling Apart (digital film), 2004


Co-direction and cinematography by Maria Litvan and Laia Cabrera. Written by Maria Litvan.
Produced by Vertiginosas islands, NY
Cast: Jordi Rico, Carme Poll


"Relationships and the difficulty to communicate. In this case, the problem is not the lack of communication, but over-communication. When are we really saying what we want to say? When are we being understood as we would like us to be understood? When are we really listening when we are just thinking that we are listening? Words are a tricky thing, especially when we over-analyse them. The couple in "Falling Apart" is just an ordinary couple, their problem starts when they want to be so specific about what they are saying that they actually miss what they are saying." Maria Litvan

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LINES (Narrative-Experimental film 16mm color film), 1998


Co-directed by Maria Litvan and Laia Cabrera. Written by Maria Litvan
Produced by Vertiginosas islands, NY


"Lines is entering into an imaginary space in which everything "is the truth and nothing but the truth", but at the same time "it is all lies". It is a journey in which there are no clear limits, time and space are all at once - there is no past, no present, no future, no here, no there. It is a journey in which our need to organize and understand things is left without explanatory cues. We are then free to interpret anything and anyone just as we want; perhaps as we do in "real" life." Maria Litvan
Lines is a short-film production. There are plenty of technical challenges presented by the film and its concept: presentation of the unpresentable, erasure of boundary between past and present, nostalgia, parody, voyeurism, sexual ambiguity and the characteristics of an independent short film: anti-theatrical, thought provoking and emphasis on the structure of individuals shots.

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Laia Cabrera & Co. Film, Projection Mapping & Interactive Art New York, United States   we@laiacabrera.com 
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