Made of Clay and Water

Montreal, Canada 2004-2005

Made of Clay and Water 2005

Through the concept of “poetic interviews,” these videos metaphorically extrapolate the life of the deceased mother of the artist, Irma Paris. The artwork inquires: in the face of complicated loss from political violence, how can one’s life be filled with beauty and love? The artistic approach suggests a form of conversation beyond the verbal by exploring the notion of personal history ‘stored in the body.’ The haptic camera searches the 'where' of those memories in the body. The recording took place at the home of the participants. They also improvised the movements as part of their interviews.

Made of Clay and Water was presented as a video installation at Tanzquartier, Vienna, Austria, in the North/South Lab, 2005, curated and organized by Benoît Lachambre.

Production, direction, camera: Livia Daza-Paris Sound post production, image editing: Alejandro RodríguezText, poem, voice: Livia Daza-Paris Participants: Ingrid Hein, Nadine Mondestin, Veronica Pelicaric and Jutta Woods.