During the summer of 2015 I made a 60-minute movie about Uppsala and its spaces in transition. The idea was to make a portrait of the places that are changing or are candidates to get changed in a short-term. For a month I wandered through the different layers of the city stopping and filming places that called my attention. The motivation was to face a reflection on the use and planning of urban space. I came to a few conclusions but I found many questions. Who inhabit these spaces? What is going on in there? What will happen to those spaces in the next coming years? How is the city growing and who decides it? The market? The politicians? The people? My place of origin, Spain, suffered one of the worst crises in its history due to overexploitation of the property market. I wonder if the Swedish model of access to housing is approaching to what led to disaster for my country.
As an experiment I proposed to a group of young actors, all original from Uppsala, to watch the movie meanwhile I recorded them. I didn’t give them much explanation about the film or my intentions while making it. I just asked them to be in front of a camera during the viewing. No rules, they could do what they wanted. The result of this video recording is a second movie, this time about a group of people watching and acting my depiction of their own city. Later, and already out of the camera I interviewed them so they had the chance to explain their impressions after the experience. I recorded the sound of this interview and it runs entirely, without cuts or editing, in the final video installation.
The installation is the result of all the three layers of the project. In the screen you can see the two movies running at the same time in a physical overlay. Also you can hear the full interview as a voice over. These three audiovisual elements are running in parallel but not synchronized. Then, since they have different lengths, they never match in a time predetermined or decided beforehand. Randomness makes the film always different. Technically a total coincidence with a previous combination is possible if the three elements run uninterruptedly for several months but you see in a moment, the juxtaposition of two moving images and the audio, will be different when you watch it again two hours later.