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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.

Videoart | 3’20” | 2019

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


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 becomefundamental 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.


AIR | LabInter UFSM – Santa Maria, Brazil – MAY 2021
Experimental Superstars Festival | Culture Station Svilara – Novi Sad, Serbia – NOV 2020
Living Window | Living Window West Philly Gallery – Philadelphia, USA – APR 2020
Connect International Viodearts Festival | In Absentia Digital Pavilion – 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 


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