Directed and edited by Giulia Francalanci
Starring: Bianca Papafava (Sba+c)
Choreography by: Bianca Papafava
Music: Amèlie, composed and produced by doctor FLAKE
Inspired by "Hard life with memory" by Wislawa Szymborska
Final Thesis Video from
LABA Graphic Design
relatore: Veronica Citi
"Hard life with memory" by Wislawa Szymborska
I’m a poor audience for my memory.
She wants me to attend her voice nonstop,
but I fidget, fuss,
listen and don’t,
step out, come back, then leave again.

She wants all my time and attention.
She’s got no problem when I sleep.
The day’s a different matter, which upsets her.

She thrusts old letters, snapshots at me eagerly,
stirs up events both important and un-,
turns my eyes to overlooked views,
peoples them with my dead.

In her stories I’m always younger.
Which is nice, but why always the same story.
Every mirror holds different news for me.

She gets angry when I shrug my shoulders.
And takes revenge by hauling out old errors,
weighty, but easily forgotten.
Looks into my eyes, checks my reaction.
Then comforts me, it could be worse.

She wants me to live only for her and with her.
Ideally in a dark, locked room,
but my plans still feature today’s sun,
clouds in progress, ongoing roads.

At times I get fed up with her.
I suggest a separation. From now to eternity.
Then she smiles at me with pity,
since she knows it would be the end of me too.

The entire video is based on a study about memory which led to the poem by Wislawa Szymborska, "Hard life with memory". After the study was absorbed, Bianca Papafava (Sba+c) was asked to improvise a choreography connected with those studies and the poem in particular.

Re-chordis is a made-up word from Latin "record are": "re-", "again" and "cor, cordis", "heart". the letter "h" it's an hint for "choros", "dance".

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