Desvanecimiento Prolongado - Película Implausible # 1
Phosphorescent Screen and DCP Projection | 60-90 min | monochromatic | 2023
An adaptation of Dulce Aranea’s unrealized film Desvanecimiento Prolongado (Long Fade), part of the series Las Películas Implausibles (The Implausible Films). It is based on El Primer Evento (The First Event), the final installment in her father Etéreo Aranea’s series Las Películas Imposibles (The Impossible Films). Ojoboca’s adaptation uses a phosphorescent screen and projector to create a glowing, fading impression of the image.
Although El Primer Evento was never realized, Etéreo Aranea wrote an introductory text – as is the case for all of his impossible films – which he intended to read in a dark cinema to the film’s hypothetical audience. He spoke of the sun’s inevitable death, urging the audience to be present for its fade into darkness. He emphasized the insignificance of human control over the sun, inviting them to prepare and hope for its demise. The text proposed a ten-billion-year contract, dedicated to ensuring humanity’s survival for future generations to witness the sun’s ultimate death.
Dulce Aranea, concerned about the commitment required, designed “waiting rooms for the end” as preparatory spaces. Her plan involved participants building these rooms and patiently waiting for the sun to fade, gradually increasing their time spent inside. Activities unrelated to survival would be minimized, and the focus would solely be on observing the sun’s gradual decline. Dulce envisioned this as her first implausible film, a ritual passed down through generations, where humanity would live in versions of these waiting rooms. However, she was unable to construct any of the waiting rooms.
Commissioned by Film Undone.
Elements of a Latent Cinema