Fuga (soiseubuda) [2015]

[Video: 3:37 min.]


("Fuga" from Variations sur "Folia de España" et Fugue by Manuel M. Ponce - Mexico, 1882-1948)


"Pois no·us puosc trobar engal


Que sia tant bella ni pros


Ni sos rics cors tant joios,


De tant bella tieira


Ni tant gais,


Ni sos rics pretz tant verais,


Irai per tot agaran


De chascuna un bel semblan


Per far dompna soiseubuda,


Tro vos me siatz renduda."


(Dompna, puois de mi no·us cal - Bertran de Born 1182-1183)


And since I could not find a peer to you,


Neither one so fair, nor of such heart,


So eager and alert,


Nor with such art


In attire, nor so gay


Nor with gift so bountiful and so true,


I will go out a-searching,


Culling from each a fair trait


To make me a borrowed lady


Till I again find you ready.


(Translation: Ezra Pound)


Idea, Concept, Video, Edition & Guitar: Bertrand Chavarria-Aldrete


De chascuna un bel semblan (from each a beautiful trait). This extrait belongs to the poem "Dompna, puois de mi no·us cal" by Troubadour Bertran de Born, a poem that "collects" different traits of diverse women in order create a "borrowed/built" ("soideubuda" in occitan) lady. Inspired by this idea of a "borrowed/built" object with a “collection” (Ezra Pound uses the word “Culling”) of different "traits" I decided to create this video of a Fugue (being a musical object in opposite, since the Fugue emerges from one voice into different voices) with the anthropomorphic character of the guitar's body by taking it's different "traits" to build a "borrowed/built/soiseubuda" video. All the takes where made in different parts with it's own original acustic, in order to respect the many different "traits" not only visually but also acoustically.

This work is dedicated to Katy Bernard.

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