twentyfourhours

Background

In 2009 I found an audio cassette of a 1974 news broadcast recorded from the radio by one of my uncles at his home in Portugal. He had mailed this cassete tape to my parents, immigrants living in California, to give them a sense of the revolution that had just occurred in their country of birth. The tape relates the events of April 25, 1974 in an hour by hour narrative (in Portuguese) given by two reporters, one male and one female. I was initially taken by the degradation of the sound. Poor quality images and sounds in media had long interested me. I was also struck by the persistence of the narrative's linear structure. The way the male voice describes an hour, the female voice describes the next hour, back to the male and so on until the twenty-four hours are described. I thought it would be interesting to break up that linear structure, juxtapose it with images and create overlaps in order to explore how we experience time and memory. So I started making little movies for each hour with the idea of somehow playing them simultaneously. There have been many versions of these movies throughout the years. I finally settled on some rules for structure:

My goal with Twenty-four Hours is to explore, in visual and abstract form, ways in which we experience time, memory and moments of profound change. This project is not an attempt to depict the Portuguese revolution historically. However I did get interested in researching the history and events. Links to my research are below.

Source material includes 8mm film from family archives, black and white hand developed super 8 film, original and found video, original and found sound. This is an ongoing project which is still building and changing.


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