The Museo hangs by a thread. Space is open wide, time oscillates. A group of people experience the mission of tending to it and a series of encounters with the artworks unleashes rapture, spellbinding memory and vertigo. There is only one body that gazes inwards.
El Tiempo is a project which, through the collective production of an experimental film, explores the intangible, and the personal and collective memories of the Museo’s team of volunteers, delving deeper into different works from the Collection. The idea got off the ground in September 2019 with the plot premise of a dystopian present: after the collapse of modern society, Western culture loses its hegemonic place and its institutions, such as museums, are forsaken. To this dystopian backdrop, the volunteers appear as a group of people inhabiting and conserving the Museo, with the film reflecting the experiences of observation and silent dialogues with the artworks, as well as different ways of inhabiting and crossing museum space.
El Tiempo is a project by artist Claudia Claremi, in collaboration with the Museo’s team of cultural volunteers, and is part of the proposal developed by the Education Department inside the NOEXPO programme in the 2019–2020 academic year.
Claudia Claremi (Madrid, 1986) develops her artistic practice through the image, links, and experiential spaces, between the intangible and structures of social order. She has directed, among other works, the experimental documentaries El Monte (2018), Murciélago (2018) and Centella (2019), while her art projects and films have been shown in an array of institutions, for instance the Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow; Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín; CCCC - Centre del Carme Cultura Contemporània in Valencia; the BilbaoArte Foundation; Instituto Cervantes, Tokyo; and international film festivals that include Ann Arbor, Ji.hlava, FICGuadalajara, DocumentaMadrid and MakeDox. Claremi earned a degree in Documentary Film Directing from the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba) and in Fine Arts from University of the Arts London (UK) and the Instituto Superior de Arte de La Habana (Cuba), and has participated in alternative Programmes of Study and Artistic Production such as P.O.P.S. (Colectivo Ayllu, Matadero, Madrid), Campus (Latitudes, Barcelona) and La Práctica (Beta Local, Puerto Rico).
El Tiempo. Spain, 2020, colour, original version in Spanish, Full HD, 16:9, 19’
Director and producer: Claudia Claremi
Cinematrography: Natalia Medina Leiva
Editing: Bruno Herrero
Sound design: Sergio F. Borrás
Double bass: Miguel Rodrigáñez
Assistant director: Patricia Andrés
Assistant producer: Luna Safira
VFX: Yimit Ramírez
Colourist: Lita Bosh
Education programme developed with the sponsorship of the Fundación Banco Santander