2013 | Brazil | Experimental,Silent,Short

Eclipse (by Marcius Galan)

  • 8 mins
  • Director | Marcius Galan
  • Writer | Marcius Galan
  • Producer | Marcius Galan and Pierre de Kerchove

STATUS: Completed


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The image of the coin appears in the video Eclipse (2013), which opens with a fixed camera showing a black grinder rotating against a white background. As the action slowly unravels, a coin held by a pair of pincers enters the frame, drawing an arc as it approaches the grinder’s surface. The moment the two objects touch, sparks are produced. The heat generated in this process lights up the edge of the coin, and this expenditure of energy forms the image of a bright circle that remains on the screen until the physical circle of the coin is completely consumed and the last sparks die out. In this way, as the actual object gradually loses its materiality, it also creates a corresponding circular shape that is completely immaterial. Removed from its original circuit of economic exchange, the coin loses its face value—and therefore its function as currency—in order to acquire a use value as an energy-generating fuel.

‘Eclipse’ evoked thoughts of time and space, high contrast lighting, slow movements, like the iconic space station scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick). A spinning black hole, with sparks emitting a random repetitive pattern, chaos and order, the beginning of space, time and the universe, universal elements and forces that created everything.

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