Cristóbal Cea Sánchez (CL)

In the loop

Centered around the events that surround the 21st of May in Chile, and assembled from news clips found on news and social networks over the past years, Glorias uses 3-D-animation methods to develop an investigation of the symbolic significance of a particular event: A date when – almost ritually every year until the death of Eduardo Lara in 2016 – the monsters of order, republicanism, protest, violence and repression emerge in the city of Valparaiso. Starting with a military parade, followed by protests and riots, ending with police in the streets, the 21st of May was a loop of imperfections, monstrosities and unresolved conflicts that reflected our precarious democracy. Assembled from archival footage corresponding roughly to the 2010-2016 period, the main video contrasts this footage with CGI reconstructions of the scenes depicted. The piece, started after five years of living abroad, also represents an exercise in trying to inhabit the space between event, witness and spectator: An inconsolable distance, full of misinterpretations and misconceptions, where computer reconstruction works as a medium between the subjective experience and the archive.


Project supported by the Ministerio de las Culturas, Las Artes y el Patrimonio Grant of 2016.

Supported by Ministerio de las Culturas, las Artes y el Patrimonio and the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores | Gobierno de Chile