Things Said Once
Performance 2015 — 2019

Fabricated books, balloon, film reels, table and chair, plants, prints and photographs, slides, 16mm film projector and slide projector

Things Said Once is an art statement and a praise for film and cinema in recognition of its history and our responsibility in the present. Written as a poem, the text is built around an understanding of cinema as experience in its spatial, temporal and communitarian or social dimensions. The text has been published in English, Farsi, French and Spanish. As a performance, Things Said Once is presented as a reading in an elaborated environment that includes a series of bodily actions that refer to film history.

«Esperanza’s assemblage mimics those strategies devised by Walter Benjamin for Arcades Project, resulting in a work which gains its meaning through the arrangement of its material.» (Daniel Fitzpatrick and Alice Butler in «Introduction», Luminous Void: Experimental Film Society Documents, EFS Dublin, Ireland, 2017)

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Thanks to: Rafa Martínez del Pozo, Rouzbeh Rashidi, Isabel de Naverán, Maximilian Le Cain, Núria Gómez Gabriel, Toni D'Angela, Érik Bullot, Robert Smart, Pip Chodorov, New Media Society, Julius Richard and Gloria Vilches

Performance view photographs: Duna Vallés  


May 2019 Festival Ambulante, Ciudad de México, Mexico
May 2019 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany
Mar 2019 Escuela de Artes, Málaga, Spain
Jan 2019 Cinematek, Brussels, Belgium
March 2018 Festival Punto de Vista, Pamplona, Spain
Sept 2017 BEEF Bristol Experimental and Expanded Cinema, Bristol, UK
May 2017 Centro de arte Montehermoso Kulturunea, Vitoria, Spain
Oct 2016 Centro Cultural de España en Montevideo, Uruguay
July 2016 Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao, Spain
May 2016 La Kino / Loop Festival, Barcelona, Spain
May 2016 Master LAV, Escuela de Artes Visuales LENS, Madrid, Spain
Sept 2015 Lajevardi Foundation, Tehran, Iran