Ressonàncies magnètiques

Ressonàncies magnètiques
10 min | Spain | 2003

I suppose that we have all wanted at times to be able to read someone else’s mind. This story began the day I decided to enter into the head of Isa, my beloved lover. I had already taken thousands and thousands of photos of her, but photos never go through bodies, neither allow to seize ideas. Was there any way of knowing what she was really thinking about, or what she was feeling? I’ve never forgotten the first time I heard of magnetic resonance”. This is how my love story began, based on three experiences (free association of words, singing three songs and remembering three special cities for our couple), that aimed at penetrating, through a magnetic resonance device, the hidden bends of Isa’s brain.

Original format: 
DV. Color

Isaki Lacuesta
Domi Parra
Anemic Cinema

Text on the film

While I was shooting the short films of Microscopías, I got a proposal that was very similar to what I was working on. Barcelona’s Science Musuem and the KRTU center were organizing jornals entitled New borders of Science and Thoughts (February-March 2003), that aimed at promoting the dialogue betwen scientifics, humanists and artists, through a series of five sessions of conferences, artistic performances and debates. The starting point was the theories of Show on “the necessity of bridging the gap between the two cultures, the scientific and technolgical one that traditionnally conflicts with the humanist and artistic one”. The audacity of the proposal consisted in creating dance couples as exceptional as the ones formed by the director of the library of Alexandria, Ismael Serageldin, and the theatre director Simona Levi, or that of the artist Eulàlia Valldosera together with the NASA astronomer Edward W. Kolb.

Magnestic Resonance was shown in the session dedicated to “Neurosciences”, and my precious dance companion was the professor in neurobiologics Semir Zeki (University College, Londres), who was among the world leading researchers on the visual cortex and the one who discovered the cerebral centres that detect colors and movements.
Another breve audiovisual card dedicated to Semir Zeki was shown with Magnetic Resonance, in which the director Joaquín Jordà described how, after having suffered of agnosia, he was able to make the distingtion between colors through the touch.

“The intention of the director to penetrate into his lover’s head ended up with a serie of ambiguious answers from the doctors (who were able to detect the cerebral activity but not to understand it), making it obvious that even if we try to look closer to objects and people, the mystery will always be there.”
(Josetxo Cerdán, Documental y vanguardia, ed. Cátedra, 2005).

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