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Project for a City. Girona

urban projection

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I imagine a Parisian apartment building whose façade has been removed — a sort of equivalent to the roof that is lifted off in ‘Le Diable boiteux”, or to the scene with the game of go in “The Tale of Genji” — so that all the rooms in the front, from the ground floor up to the attics, are instantly and simultaneously visible.

… The mere inventory and it could never be exhaustive of the items of furniture and the actions represented has something truly vertiginous about it.
Georges Perec,
Species of Spaces and Other Pieces

During a two hour intervention, several building façades along the River Onyar in Girona, Spain provided the surface for an open air cinema. A selection of videos depicting different interior spaces, drawn from a video archive generated by artists and residents of the city, were projected onto the walls of houses. A dialogue between the interior and the exterior was created through this spatial penetration. 

After an hour, the projection shifted to a live image from the interior of a restaurant kitchen. The superimposition of the interior space of the kitchen on the outer surface of the building set up a new way of looking at the city, where the live projection became integrated with the architectural exterior in a way that bordered on the imaginary and poetic. 

Video generated for the open-air cinema was published on a YouTube Channel and reinserted back into the city via Google Earth, creating a link between private, online and public (urban) space.

Project for a City. Girona was commissioned by Bolit Contemporary Art Centre for In Construction. Recipes from Scarcity, Ubiquity and Excess. Curator Rosa Pera. 

Participants and contributors: Quico Estivill, Hanafi El-Kadaoui, Thais Roig, Shelley Hill, Carlus Camps, Ana Lacaze and Boira Restaurant.

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details of live video from kitchen

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one of the recorded videos being projected onto a façade