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17 July 2023
This month's topic: The Weight of AirResident Editor: Olga Subirós


A constant prelude

Animation of the poem by Konstantinos P. Kavafis EXPECTING THE BARBARIANS

(Konstantinos P. Kavafis EXPECTING THE BARBARIANS)

What are we waiting for, assembled in the public square?

The barbarians are to arrive today.

Why such inaction in the Senate?
Why do the Senators sit and pass no laws?

Because the barbarians are to arrive today.
What further laws can the Senators pass?
When the barbarians come they will make the laws.


First cords of Anoxia.

Fito Conesa and the young symphonic orchestra from Cartagena conducted by Álvaro Peinado.

A constant prelude

This is the title of the work I am preparing as part of the Loop video-creation award.

Embodying prohibition as if it were part of the norm, makes conflict an everyday occurrence. Doctors have been recommending for decades not to bathe in the Minor Sea under certain circumstances. For years, Portman Bay has been spreading a mantle of black stone, which we have decided in a dictatorial consensus to call it black volcanic stone, in an attempt to submerge the memory of mining in a transitory environmental enagenation.

The boats cross the Mediterranean from Barcelona, joining dots in a web of whimsical constellations, like someone who joins numbers in a pastime over and over again, until the paper cracks. Late-capitalist negationism is in fact the natural consequence of our fear of not knowing how to manage collapse, change, or bad news. We are unable to understand action and movement beyond the guilt that blocks us.

Anoxia is an opera in three movements, which proposes different approaches to the current problems of the Mediterranean Sea. On the one hand, it brings us closer to the ecosystemic degeneration and the imminent ecocide, on the other, it draws the network of toll-roads that the large cruise ships draw over the posidonias. And finally, Anoxia is also a chant that interpellates the spectator, bringing us closer to a present situation with consequences that are already known, but poorly managed.

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[Featured Image done by Fito Conesa via Midjourney]

Fito Conesa is an artist and programmer. With a degree in Fine Arts from the UB, he teaches and develops workshops, conceptualizes and produces visual and sound works and curates exhibitions. He was director of the project Habitació 1418 at MACBA and CCCB and was part of the tutorial team of the Sala d’Art Jove in Barcelona.

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