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Vaguely Surrounding Paths I

“Vaguely Surrounding Paths I” is part of a series of films that stands at the intersection between experimental cinema, video poetry, performance and audiovisual instalation. Being the first film of the series it is also the longest. The ideas of circularity, repetition and duration sustain the main action, which takes us to a circular path traveled five times over the course of a day. In this way we are in the presence of five cycles that produce a larger cycle, that when projected in loop accentuates the character of infinite movement and infinite searching.
I evoke the Allegory of the Candle credited to the Greek philosopher Diogenes of Sinope (423-323 B.C) and bring it to contemporaneity. This allegory can be told in two lines " On lighting a lamp in broad daylight, Diogenes walked about saying, I am looking for a human being." Of course, this alegory incorporates the foundations of cinic philosophy. But is the poetic condition of infinite searching that drives this project.The character crosses the territory obsessively with a flashlight lit in broad daylight. No one knows who he is, where he came from and where he goes. He’s always looking for something no one knows what it is. In that sense, he incorporates the absurdity of infinite searching as a poetic estrangement of the world.

  • Fernando Brito
  • Fernando Brito
  • Luciano B. Chieza
    Camera & Sound
  • Tiago Costa
  • Luciano B. Cieza
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    42 minutes 58 seconds
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    January 4, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
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  • Setubal
    February 29, 2020
    European Premiere - Casa da Avenida- Setúbal
Director Biography - Fernando Brito

Short Bio
Fernando Brito - Born in Luanda ( Angola) Lives and works in the region of Setúbal, 40 Km from Lisbon, the capital of Portugal.
Visual artist, has developed several artistic projects in the field of photography, audiovisual installation and experimental film in Portugal and abroad, with emphasis on the following:
- Map# 454 (photography) - Pavilhão Preto Museu Cidade, Lisbon (2011); Espaço Confeitaria, Lisbon (2013 and 2015); Centro Cultural Emmerico Nunes, Sines (2014); Mosteiro de Tibães, Encontros da Imagem Braga (2017).
- Participation in the editorial project "Feed a Different Imagination" on the occasion of the Milan Universal Exhibition (Expo Milan 2015) in a partnership between Urbanautica Editions and L'Artiere Edizione publishers. ( Photography )
- Sink (Audiovisual Installation) - participation in the exhibition "We Buy Storms" within Beyond Festival, Museum of Multimedia Art - ZKM/Karlsruhe, (2018).
-Vaguely Surrounding Paths II- (Audiovisual Installation)- Selected for the Film&Video Poetry Symposium - Los Angeles (2020).
-Vaguely Surrounding Paths I, II, III and IV - Participation in Lisbon Screen Dance Festival “In Shadow 2021”
At present he is one of the coordinators of the project "A Invenção da Amnésia ( The Invention of Amnesia) " a collective of artists developing a transdisciplinary artist residency project constituted around the route, the periphery and the area of influence of the National Road 10, the most important road from Lisbon Metropolitan Area, connecting two large rivers( the Tagus River and Sado River) , four industrial areas and four population clusters.

https://museudapaisagem.pt/project-room2/ - ( There is version of the text in English in the web page)

- Advanced Studies Program in Photography (Atelier de Lisboa, School of Photography and Visual Arts), 2010 /2015
- Post Graduation in Photography - Discourses of Contemporary Photography (Fine Arts Faculty - Lisbon), 2015 /2016
- M.A. in Multimedia Art (Specialty Audiovisuals) with the research "Sink- Between Surface and Depth" from the audiovisual installation Sink (Fine Arts Faculty - Lisbon), 2016/2018
Guest student at HfG/Karlsruhe (University of Art and Design/Karlsrhue), 2018
He is currently a PhD student in Multimedia Art ( Fine Art Faculty - Lisbon) in the scope of which he is developing a thesis around the tensions between body, territory and images.

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