The following video is a continuation of a current research that explores the field of dreams as a complex amalgam consisting of several parts which are sourced out from historical facts, myths and fictitious response. Framed by the function of an essay, “(1) The amaurosis of Agrippa” is the first chapter from movie series “The myth of resistance” (2016), which delves into the realm of dreams as an extra dimension where systems of faith are constituted and the capacity to observe is stretched. The main quest, attempts to measure the elasticity in the concept of resistance in its physical and metaphysical form. In a fictional scaffold, this first part is composed by several stories and events that seem to be attributed to an omnipresent narrator, mirroring its existence as a reflection of historical and anthropological value. From the magic of sleep to time travelling, from sacred rituals to geometry, from superstition to nature, and from science to mythology, this figure-like chameleon is the vehicle to travel beyond these territories.
The plurality of this character is echoed under the name of Agrippa, which can have multiple references. In some cases it is a name of a person, a Greek philosopher, an astronomer or a crater of the moon. In other cases it is used to denote abnormality, for example when a child was born upside down (with its feet first instead of its head), this name was commonly given. This metaphoric outline is combined with the notion of an amaurosis, indicating a loss of sight, a type of visual darkness –blindness without any physical damage.
Subsequent to this union, the narrative is structured in a two-folded anatomy, on one side, suggesting that Agrippa is unable to see, and on the other, the transformation of this blindness into an advantage. Among the ability to observe in an altered way, Agrippa describes different dreams connected with the idea that it is in this dimension where information from the past and future can be assembled and communicated in a sort of network. Within this enigmatic foundation, it is thought that dreams conduct the possibility to resist time and construct collective grounds of beliefs. These relations are shaded with a poetic and abstract tonality, understanding the universality in the concept of [resistance] as a grammatical variable that demands a tension and/or release between two or more parts. In accordance to this framework, the next chapters are being produced and will extend the subject into a series of crossing narratives revealing the mutation of the principal character.
12’53”. Single channel HD video, 2016. Temporary link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TD8f04gpbRc