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Moving Still: 1910 Avenida Atlântica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2x HD video, 4-channel sound, 17’42’’, colour

Moving Still: 1910 Avenida Atlântica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is a sequential, first-person narrative that communicates an environment over the course of one day by means of recording.

In Moving Still an attentive observation of a specific place within a specific time frame—from sunrise to sunset on 11th July 2013 in Rio de Janeiro—unfolds through an extended phonography of the acoustic, the visual and the social sphere. A connected set of recordings, assembled and presented as a composed environment, suggest, rather than represent, a reality.

Before sunrise, I set a tripod in front of the window of my friend’s living room, on the 10th floor of an apartment building in Copacabana. Outside the window are backyard buildings, an immense wooded area and, in the distance, the statue of Christ the Redeemer. I place a still camera on the tripod, which will document movements in the landscape and the transitions of sunlight from day to night. A sound recorder placed in front of the still camera will capture the ever-changing sounds in the environment. Lastly, I write short texts throughout the day: I will slowly fill my notebook with descriptions of the landscape and the kind of contextual information that neither sound nor images recordings could capture. The recording process begins before 6.30am and lasts for ten and a half hours until after sunset.

Moving Still: 1910 Avenida Atlântica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was included in the exhibition ‘The Present Instant’ with Richard O’Sullivan at the Platform Arts Belfast, November 2015.

Exhibition views by Simon Mills