Programa 06 : a piece of broken mirror suspended on a string = Programa 06 : a piece of broken mirror suspended on a string

Programa 06 : a piece of broken mirror suspended on a string = Programa 06 : a piece of broken mirror suspended on a string

The project Operation Rewrite began in January 2011 as an on-line video project in which Esperanza Collado and Maximilian Le Cain contributed a number of 45-second pieces according to a set of rules; most importantly that one-third of each video should be black screen. This peculiarity – the fundamental presence of negative spaces as an act of expropriation, displacement of sense and projection of thought - became the main subject of the project, which soon expanded into other artistic terrains, such as installation and performance.

The concept of cinema we examine within and outside of the medium of film is subject to constant reassessment, so that perception and projection technology, as well as the articulation of signs, the body, the materiality of film and domestic consumer goods are part of our work. Our work deals with the workings of the cut, suspension and interruption as associative principles that connect cinema to the act of reading. As the project develops, certain objects, images, and actions recur, acquiring resonance and significance. Operation Rewrite occupies a zone between dreams, cinema and mundane ritual.

A Piece of Broken Mirror Suspended on a String

A Piece of Broken Mirror Suspended on a String is a performance by the Irish artist Maximilian Le Cain and Esperanza Collado based on the film The Witch’s Cradle, by Marcel Duchamp and Maya Deren.

As usual in Operation Rewrite performances, both artists are involved as ‘scientist’ figures, interacting with elaborate film projections (Super8 and 16mm), pre-recorded and live sounds, as well as objects arranged to form mutant installations.

Cut-up film noir narratives coexist with a materialist investigation of both the human body and the body of the cinematographic hardware. The elements that make up the body of cinema are considered from an "amplique" or expanded view after the achievements of Lettrism.

The medium of film becomes an object, malleable and fragile, edible, destructible, and capable of measuring space and time. Projected light and its magnetic field of intermittency bleed through a sewing machine illuminating a corporeal screen and penetrating blindfolds.

All of these actions and others, framed by a series of subtle and straightforward interruptions, make Operation Rewrite performances disturbing and humorous in equal parts.