A video that rehearses a cinematographic counterpart to conversations with people the artist encountered during her stay in London in 2002-2003. The dialogue works as a link with themes such as geographical displacement, urban migration and diasporic living with references to localised areas of inner London. As the film unveils the fate of the 'promised land', both the travellers and the viewers' expectations become suspended and unresolved in a monochromatic ambience of nocturnal uninterrupted snow. Journey and stroll are determined ways to move or re-move one self in between borders, be they transnational or transurban. With Promises, this intention is closer to the dérive, a rather irrational exploration of the built space, where the situation opens itself to indeterminacy. In the artist's project, the soundscape of words resounds as an evolving mental map to a city whose contours are constantly evolving. The disembodied space, from which all traces of personal visual identity have been removed, is manifested only through the fragments of histories where any feeling of shared community is subtly but constantly disrupted by heavy gates of abstract noise. Promises are like night vision: always at the edge of a fall. 2003, Spain - UK, 20 mins. Commissioned by the Department of Culture of Generalitat de Catalunya. With the collaboration ofCOPEC, londonprintstudio, LAWRS. Consol Rodríguez

    May 14, 2009