Lydia Debeer , video , Alexandra
single screen video with sound, 03’31”
The video is made almost entirely out of stills where the camera circles around a woman, Alexandra, who is standing on a balcony in the building. In the beginning, the spectator watches the building from a far, almost objective viewpoint, watching from left and right. As time passes the camera comes closer, takes a few steps back, and then, gradually closes in on her. Almost directly on her skin, on the verge of touch. It’s only through the sequence of these stills, through the declining of daylight, that you see she is standing still for a long time, watching the sun set.
“[...] The beholder’s stand and body is the centre in Alexandra. There the subject is a woman who stares towards the horizon from Walden 7, a building located in Barcelona’s outskirts, that remains as one of the final attempts of architecture to align with the social utopias of the 20th Century. The comedy is replaced here with a more elegiac tone, when Debeer’s camera starts to circle around the woman, surrounding her body within such a labyrinthine architecture. A building from which a new kind of community was expected to burst forth has simply become a maze where the subject’s gaze is yet again retained.”
- Lydia Debeer. The Posthuman Gaze by Oriol Fontdevilla ↳ full text