Result of residency with the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen – Conditional Cinema Program (2018-2022).
Ficciones is a spell that conjures representations as if imagined from the perspective of the plant world, that which invents prior to consciousness, as a thinking before thinking (M. Marder). Ceramic sculptures were gardened for a year letting plant life grow on them as their skin. Four super-8 cameras were made into a mobile, thereby also filming the process and its shared motion. To embrace the filmed material as a fictional construction, it was optically printed and altered; to accompany the notion of the sculptures as possible chests, containers of heart, vocal sounds were recorded with Camila de Laborde and weaved into the film.

  • manuela de laborde
  • manuela de laborde
  • Camila de Laborde
  • Daniel hermann collini
  • International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
    financial support
  • Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto Residency
    financial support
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Essay fiction film
  • Runtime:
    21 minutes 45 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 12, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
  • Language:
    No Dialogue
  • Shooting Format:
    super 8, 16mm, digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 67. International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
    May 1, 2021
    world premier
    conditional cinema comissioned
  • DocumentaMadrid
    May 26, 2021
    Part of a restrospective of my work
  • 59th New York Film Festival
    New york
    United States
    October 3, 2021
    America Premier
  • Black Canvas Festival Mexico
    Mexico city
    October 8, 2021
    Latin America Premier
    Competition Más Allá del Canvas
  • 65th BFI London Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 17, 2021
    Uk Premier
    Thinking with other senses program
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Director Biography - manuela de laborde

Artist and filmmaker based in Mexico City.

Her films Viveros, The Exponential Nature of Images and Le Visible et L’invisible where shown at Jihlava IDFF, Milwaukee UFF and Antimatter FF.
AS WITHOUT SO WITHIN (part of Ism, Ism, Ism / Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: : Experimental Cinema in Latin America - first comprehensive, United States–based film program and catalogue to treat the full breadth of Latin America’s vibrant experimental film production), was screened at over twenty film festivals among them – Toronto International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam - Competition Tigger Shorts, 25fps Zagreb, New Directos/New Films – MoMa + FSLC and at the 20th Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil.
In 2019 Notas y notas y notas..., made in collaboration with Jenny Berger Myhre. was commissioned and presented at Borealis Festival for Experimental Music. She also attended the artist in residency at LIFT (Liason of Independent Filmmakers in Toronto, CA).
During 2020, Laborde was the artist in residence at the Museo Tamayo, MX, with her project -ito/-ita. Currently (extended due to covid-19) resident filmmaker of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen – Conditional Cinema Program (2018-2022) for which she is finishing her film, Ficciones.
En la era - was screened at Bright Futures of IFFR, while Azúcar y saliva y vapor at FICUNAM and FidMarseille.
Manuela de Laborde holds an Intermedia Art BA hons from Edinburgh College of Art and a Master’s degree in Film and Video from The California Institute of the Arts.

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Filmography: Ficciones (2021) 21’45” | Luis Carricaburu (2020) 2’50” | Azúcar y Saliva y Vapor (2020) 15’20” | Notas y notas y notas… (2019) Expanded cinema 36’36” | En La Era (2019) 18’50” | As Without So Within (2016) 24’38” | Line (2015) and Dots (2016) for Camila Fuchs 45’00” | Phasing Pleasure (2015) 12’58” | The Exponential Nature of Images (2015) 6’07" | Le Visible et L’Invisible (2015) 5’40” | DropSound (2015) 11’59” | Fantasma Installation (2015) 23’34” | La Araña (2015) 5’56” | Viveros (2014) 6’35” | Camila (2014) 3’00” | Walkthough (2014) 6’12” | Sun,Rock,Red,Flare (2014) 1’00” | Whales for Zaquoir (2014) 7’24” | Sun Performance for MexFest (2013) 44’00”.

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At first glance, her work carries aesthetic and pleasure claims; however, it is performative in its presentation and conceptual in its purpose. The work revolves around a quest to locate and isolate concepts that are built around tangible elements, and then create abstractions that regenerate the image and positions it in new formations, creating new virtual spaces. Her practice is a meditation on physical presence, inspired by the simplicity of expression, the economics of a proposal and the place of exhibition.