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SYMPHONY OF THE UNKNOWN, 2012-2014

A 3 channel video installation by Nuno Cera and invited writers on the unknown vertigo and spatial qualities of concrete post-war mega-planning: 3 architectures - “The Barbican“ in London (UK), “Les Espaces d'Abraxas“ in Noisy-le-Grand (FR) and the “Quinta da Malagueira“ in Évora (PT) - are set on stage, negotiating their characters, languages, features and manifestations of poetry, power and authority.
The project reflects and articulates the complexity and relationships between architectural clusters – interwoven with their history, memory as well as present function and reality. A certain utopian sense travels the work and the architecture from a different era.

Technical information:

Videos:
DVCPRO HD; PAL (1080p); 16:9; Color; Sound
Dimensions: Variable
Duration: 18 min 30 sec (loop)

Filmed and edited: Nuno Cera

Idea and concept: Nuno Cera and Julia Albani

Photography: Nuno Cera

Texts and quotes: Florian Heilmeyer (“The Barbican“); José António Bandeirinha (“Quinta da Malagueira“) and Julia Albani.

Voice-over: Anton Skrzypiciel; Filipa Leão; Jeff Wood.

Thank to:

Anne Kockelkorn, Andy Craig, Christine Rüb, Deirdre Murphy, Andy Craig, Dinis Guarda, Marianne Mueller, Olaf Kneer, Damian Wayling, Lucienne Roberts, Luisa Alpalhão, Maria Lusitano, The Barbican Centre, Helge Bille Nielsen, Christine Rebet, Monique Eleb, Michel Haddad, Sébastien Biscaro, the members of the Association de Défense des Intérêts des Habitants du Palacio d'Abraxas - ADIHPA, Mairie de Paris, the Institut Français, Centre international d’accueil et d’échanges des Récollets; André Tavares, Diogo Seixas Lopes, Ricardo Pedroso Lima, José Serra, CML- Évora, Junta de Freguesia da Malagueira, Mauro Freira.