Bullets Swing
Ulises Carrión, 1980, 4'00''

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As regards camera position and setting, Bullets Swing resembles two other works by Ulises Carrión, 'Chinese Checker Choir' (1980) and 'Playing Cards Song' (1983), in which a static camera registers an event that unfolds according to its own laws. The most prominent objects in 'Bullets Swing' are two toy pistols that are controlled by the hands of two anonymous persons. Initially, it is particularly the lack of communication that determines this violent audio-visual scene. The pistols are constantly firing at each other - often at the same time, but sometimes they take it in turn. Through the shower of imaginary bullets and accompanying sounds, slowly but surely a more distinct interaction between both parties becomes visible. The hands are manoeuvring nimbly n time with each other - reminiscent of a dance, a dance performance in which the gestures and sounds of gunfire represent the rehearsed or improvised steps. The dialogue between the two hands, which pointed to a conflict, ends in a truce. Read more...

  • Date: 1980
  • Length: 4'00''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: conceptual
  • Keywords: communication, violence