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Beatriz Santiago Muñoz

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IMAGE DESCRIPTION : 1. - A. Listens. 2004 London, UK 7 minutes. - A, is for Anne. A young Londoner describes her fantastical listening abilities. One of a series of fictions performed by non-actors. Completed during a Gasworks Residency in London UK. - 2. - Archivo / Archive . 2001 Puerto Rico 33 minutes. - An anthology of re-enacted events of the history and collective memory of Puerto Rico. Performed and improvised by various groups of people that crossed my path. In this image: Toño Bicicleta, notorious killer and rapist was killed by the police in Lares, after decades of hiding out in the town, protected by the puertorican ethic of ‘death to the snitch’. Five groups of people, from a barber and his clients to a the produce sellers in the market, act out
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the death of toño bicicleta. - 3. - Fábrica Inútil / Useless factory 2002 Las Piedras/Bayamón, Puerto Rico 30 minutes. - For two months I visted a packaging factory and spoke to workers and managers about the factory production, about what was useful and what wasn't, about all the energy, loves or un loves, food, ideas, games, that are in a sense useless to the economic logic of the factory.
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After these months, the factory employees performed a series of actions or events based on all this useless information, ideas, movements. Factory production stopped for two hours: a sunrise that there is not much time to enjoy was leisurely observed, lunch was cooked on the burners usually used to melt glue, I made a portable bed out of leftover materials for an employee who takes 15 minute naps on the factory floor, we had a wrestling match (also a common break activity), a dance (no music allowed in the factory) and a race around the factory building, as well as a performance by the managers in which they announce the fictional closing of the factory and the last day of work. - 4. - Densa, pequeña / Dense, small, 2004 Puerto Rico 18 minutes. - A response in a long conversation with a pulsar astronomer. About beauty, observation, pattern, error, precision and aberration. Shot at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, largest radio telescope in the world, 1000 feet in diameter. With a performance by astronomer Paulo Freire, perhaps the loneliest man in the entire universe.
- 5. - Película de desastre / Disaster Film, 2003 México 7 minutes. - Street vendors in Calle Moneda, México, DF act out a crisis, a catastrophe. Each person chooses their own particularly catastrophe: asteroid, volcano eruption, earthquake.
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- 6. - Todo lleva a nada / Everything leads to nothing, 2003 Vega Alta, Puerto Rico 9 minutes. A group of girls in a normally isolated part of the island, became even more so when a bridge that connected to a nearby town fell. I asked them to perform fantasies of escape, to imagine espape, to practice, to prepare.
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz
San Juan
Puerto Rico
Central America

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