Retornar

(Video HD 20' , 2021)

 

Set in a fictional Andes in the year 2222 "Retornar" (Spanish: To return, to come back) narrates the story of the nine last living humans on Earth and their journey towards a big "reset". 

 

Structured as a video game, “Retornar” takes place in a Latin America that has nothing else to give: its soil has dried up and the atmosphere has become increasingly dangerous. After a catastrophic war driven by an extreme exploitation of natural resources, the surviving characters wander around a dystopian Andean landscape. They find themselves with no other purpose but to spend the day going through different “puzzles” and “loading screens”. Without warning, they are summoned by a mysterious blue orb that will transport them into a digital celestial world where - after a celebratory “last dance” - they will be forced into becoming the seeds for a new generation.

 

“Retornar” was made through a multilayered process. The world itself was built through a mixture of scenes created in The Sims 4, SketchUp, Photoshop, as well as real footage shot in front of a green screen. The scenarios were built using an isometric perspective to mimic early 8 bit video games, as well as early life simulation games, and video chat universes.

(Created as part of the PHI Montreal 2021 Residency)

Exhibitions:

PHI Foundation: "… and room in the bag of stars" . Montréal, QC, September 2021 - January 2022

The Polygon Gallery: "Ghosts of the Machine" . North Vancouver, BC. June - August, 2022

Sporobole: "JEU-ART-GAME Intangible in-between"  . Sherbrooke, QC. September - October 2022

Screenings:

Undocumenta. Kassel, GER. July 2022

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Performers:

ACABDADDY

Araya Guanipa

Chris Vargas

Claudia Burneo

CUARTABABY

Ileana Hernández Camacho

Rafa Santos

RICORICA

Santiago Tamayo Soler

Tony Maigua

DOP:

Stacy Lee

Asst. Direction:

Celine Huys

Original Music:

MINAS

Musical Production Assist.:

ENTRAÑAS

PVSSY

Shot at:

Spectrum Productions

Montréal, QC

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