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Nóctulo (noctule) is a psychic space. A state of awareness where traumatic memories emerge; memories that have almost been erased but are still latent in a dark place: that distant place shown here in images and echo sounds, like ghosts that return to claim closure sealing the cycle of the unending search for a path towards light and life.
The ultrasonic sounds produced by the noctule bat, now audible, serve as an allegory of other dimensions of living beings, and of other ways to perceive. The constant flutter of the colony of noctules in the background of the farm traces the footprint of the imperceptible work that carries with it the seeds of life (“multiple pores, black dots, small scars or grids” –paraphrasing Deleuze and Guattari), that support the process of healing and forgetfulness in that remote place, in a small farm in the abandoned country of our inhuman violence.
M Belén Sáez de Ibarra, Curator
Noctulo - Video installation at NC-arte
Video sequence documenting the artwork on site
Noctulo - Apuntes
Outlines, work process, and reflections by María Belén Sáez de Ibarra, José Roca, Juan Carlos Arias, and Clemencia Echeverri. Video by Víctor Garcés.
Internat. Architecture Exhibition, 29 August - 29 November 2020. Curator: Hashim Sarkis.
59th International Art Exhibition, May - Nov. 2021. Artistic Director: Cecilia Alemani.