Miragem promises a series of exciting cinematic experiences
– Taking place on the island of Pico in the Azores, the gathering offers for its third edition a program composed of screenings and creative workshops
Polifonias – Paci é saluta, Michel Giacometti by Pierre-Marie Goulet
Miragem – Cinematic Arts in the Landscapebased on Pico in the Azores, runs from today until September 10, featuring films made by Helena Giron and Samuel M Delgado, Pierre-Marie Goulet, Silvia das Fadas, Cecilia Vicuna, Denilson Baniwa, Gunvor Nelson, Malena Szlam, Manon deBoer, Leon Hirszman, Mani Kaul, Lily Rhodesand Liliane Lijn.
Just thinking about Pico reminds me of how Raul Brandão described him in his book The unknown islands: immensely dark, with a strangely appealing color palette – a place that is more than an island, like a statue raised to the sky, shaped by fire. It was the book that Rita Morais, director of Miragem, read when she decided to come to the island: “I have the impression that at the time, it corresponded to my state of mind. When I first came here, I ended up staying. For a certain time. Then I kept coming back. I immediately felt at home, mainly thanks to the human landscape and the communities that welcomed me. Miragem was born there, in this place that some – including Morais – could call home, naturally also stemming from “a long-standing desire to create something related to the moving image”.
Each year, Miragem screens films in different spots scattered all over the island. Every day has a different location and a different program. Everything is designed around the landscape: this is how the program comes to life. Either “the place is determined according to the films that we want to screen, or the place itself imposes certain films that we end up selecting”. This conscious curatorial side of Miragem also resonates with the more carefree approach to the length of each screening. Ultimately, the program “is an encounter triggered by moving images, sounds, landscape. We feel quite free in that sense. We just want to give the films the space they need and dive into the dialogue we want to create between them.”
In fact, for this third edition, we really feel this dialogue. Each projection has a theme: from pages of history, through the textures (fluid and rigid) of volcanic eruptions, to labor rights. But the common thread that defines this year’s programming is sound and music, and it’s no coincidence: “For us, it was obvious that the films had to enter the island through something that was already good known here. In a place where you don’t seem to find so many cultural activities, there are a lot of orchestras and music schools, and a lot of children playing an instrument.
Not only does this theme apply to the overall selection of films, but it also defines the basis for the two creative workshops. One is called “All the Earth and the Cells of the Body Vibrate”, with filmmakers Helena Girón and Samuel M Delgado. In this document, participants will learn about the projection of 16 mm films, as well as how to make recordings in the field. They will collectively create a score from sounds they themselves have recorded on the island, which will be combined with film footage captured by Girón and Delgado during the 2021 La Palma volcano eruptions. , forging a clear link between sound and film, but also between the Canary Islands and the Azores Islands, will be presented live to the public.
The CancionotEiro Acoriano (Açorean Songbook) will also be featured in the “To Sculpt the Echo” workshop with musician and composer Policy. In partnership with the Artistic Training Center of the Municipality of Madalena, the Municipal School of Music of Lajes and the Philharmonic Societies of the Island of Pico, participants will be able to familiarize themselves with the Cancioneiro through a scheme of experimental musical composition. The result of this workshop will be presented live, twice, one of these times following a screening by Pierre-Marie Goulet Polifonias – Paci é saluta, Michel Giacometti.