Foundry

A film by Muriel Paraboni

A sculptural piece, made from an oxicort steel beam. The records
 of this process, made with a cell phone camera, were the starting point for the realization of this video art piece, putting in check dualities such as figuration and abstraction, solidity and fluidity, image and reality. The digital process becomes symbiotic to the mechanic by producing a sculpture
 without body or weight, established only in time.

Foundry is a piece of abstraction that is poetically linked to the origins
of creation and our beliefs about the solidity of the world around.
The proud steel beam that supports a huge building or the ramifications
of a well-conceived concept in the plan of ideas, bothare sustained by
our ideals and convictions. But even the seemingly sound foundations
are suffering the imperceptible actions of time, the unexpected,
the chance, the endless adverse reactions to the environment,
and the question arises: what is really solid in our world? 

Videoart | 3:20 min | 2019

Images, Edition and Effects: Muriel Paraboni
Sound and Score: Muriel Paraboni 

Statement

Foundry investigates the categories of physical and material in relation to what we call incorporeal or subtle. Steel is cut, bent and welded to become a sculptural piece, an aesthetic image. The video records of this process are digitally manipulated for the same purpose. Both abstractions, each on a pole of the spectrum: the solidity of steel and the fluidity of video share the same origins, but will they be part of the same body?

The answer seems to lie in the process that leads to abstraction in each case. While design and precision are required for the ensemble of the steel piece, when working with video images error, accident and noise are essential to transcend figuration. Chance and glitch become fundamental devices in the fluid exploration of images, seeking the sculptural nature of the digital process. 

This establishes a vivid and direct link between the physical process that establishes the sculptural piece and the editing and manipulation procedures that shape the video. It results in two works that are verse and reverse from each other: on the one hand the materiality of steel, on the other the uncontrollable fluidity of digital, both aesthetic images, having in the video a disturbing response to the belief in the apparent solidity of things and the world, to our own convictions. 
 
Muriel Paraboni | Artist 

Screenings

Connect International Viodearts Festival – In Absentia Digital Pavilio
Cineporto de Foggia, Italy – NOV/2019

Poetic Light – Asia Culture Center / Korean Society of Media and Arts
Gwanju, South Korea – OUT/2019

Connect Int Videoarts Festival – Reeves Theatre – Tampa University
Tampa, USA – OUT/2019

Digital Accidents – Solo Exhibition – Santa Casa Cultural Center
Porto Alegre, Brazil – JUL/2019