Walking around illustrates the experiences of someone in a new somewhere. Initially, the place is fascinating, the buildings have vivid colours. With time the people become the focus of attention. They seem interesting whereas the buildings are less important fading to “black and white”. Finally, the people are also fading, becoming less and less interesting. Someone, who seemed to be in an interesting place with interesting people gets bored, looses interest and is forced to move to another, more interesting, place.

“It happens that I am sick of being a man and it happens that I walk into tailorshops and movie houses dried up, waterproof, like a swan made of felt… Still it would be marvelous to terrify a law clerk with a cut lily, or kill a nun with a blow on the ear. It would be great to go through the streets with a green knife letting out yells until I died of the cold.“(Pablo Neruda, Walking Around)

In Walking Around, El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, a white building built by Santiago Calatrava in Valencia, turns into a rainbow-colored building and then gradually fade to black and white. The Soundtrack of the video starts with an extract from the Movie Rumble Fish: a monologue by Tom Waits about the concept of time. The rest of the video is combined with everyday city sounds recorded in front of the building.

The project is inspired by the surrealist, dreamlike aesthetic of Pablo Neruda. It relies on chromatology to transmit a mood similar to what Neruda describes.


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Walking Around was realized by Jesus Cabrera Hernandez and developed at Master Artes Visuales y Multimedia, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (UPV) Spain.