Topographies: Rio de Janeiro, the third in the Storylines series, weaves journeys through the urban fabric. Its first iteration is concerned with the celluloid imaginary and consists of scenes from films shot in Rio de Janeiro that involve passage through the city. This edit is broken down into 200 small frames stretched across a larger canvas, creating a tapestry of cascading ripples as cuts flow across the screen, in a process inspired by works such as Eadweard Muybridge’s early photographic studies of motion or Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending A Staircase.

For the next step of Topographies: Rio de Janeiro, D-Fuse will revisit some of these fictional journeys and record materials on the ground, tapping into the city’s actual urban topography, as well as the imagination of its inhabitants. The resulting materials will be put into context with the existing edit of cinematic extracts, creating a multi-layered composite that reflects on how the city’s fabric is represented through the view of the lens.

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