Starry Starry Night
An abstract painting in movement based on Vincent Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night. Defined by lines and dots, it is a play of audiovisual rhythms, colours and shapes, light and darkness.
Van Gogh painted his Starry Night in June 1889. Unlike the earlier Starry Night Over the Rhone, the new night scene was painted in daylight, from memory.
He wrote in a letter to Émile Bernard:
"The imagination is certainly a faculty which we must develop and it alone can bring us to creation of a more exalting and consoling nature ... A star-spangled sky, for instance, that's a thing I would like to try to do ... But how can I manage unless I make up my mind to work ... from imagination?"
claRa apaRicio yoldiDirector
Runtime:2 minutes 30 seconds
claRa is a videoartist from Madrid (Spain). Graduating in Art History from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, she moved to London in 2008, where she currently lives and works.
She experiments with different formats and explores the frontiers between traditional and new media: mixing video and animation with painting, elements of graphic design, interactivity, programming and digital art.
Her videos have been screened in various international festivals, galleries and art spaces around the world.
Art is a way to express and transmit new aspects of reality. The artist discovers and perfects new languages that more directly correspond with our experiences.
I experiment with different formats and explore the frontiers between traditional and new media: mixing video with painting, elements of web design and interactivity, programming and digital art.
Recycling the aesthetic of commercials and marketing tools, my videos are a play of seduction, image overload, repetition, flashy colours, advertising hypnosis, contradiction, incomplete messages, manipulation... Sometimes I use found footage and then, the value of the images comes not from the images themselves but from the editing and the new meaning they acquire.
I put into question the traditional narrative resources with the juxtaposition of images and copy-paste collages of a schizophrenic nature. Images are in conflict, looped and repeated, in synchrony with the music. I want my videos to be ‘heard’, to be more like music, more abstract.
My pieces talk about the new ways of communication between people in an era of new technologies. The poetry of loneliness and anonymity. The frontiers between reality and fiction, and the connections between the world of dreams and the real world. About the loss of privacy. About images in the current society and the power of mass media and telecommunications. About the brands and adverts ubiquity.