The Promised Land: Requiem for Vilarinho das Furnas
Video-sculpture for four to eight monitors, four U-Matic 625 lines video cassettes (black & white, silent) and performance with the simultaneous reading of texts from the Bible, Sigmund Freud and Michel Foucault, 20', 1979-1980. Images captured in Vilarinho das Furnas, October 1979.
this video involvement and this action
to Fernando Pessoa Almada Negreiros my country my language my joy my life
to Jorge Dias Ernesto Veiga de Oliveira António Campos discovery a probable humanity
to Jorge Luis Borges José Guimarães Rosa eternity, yes but not as slowly sua calma sua alma
to Robert Morris Carl Andre Richard Long Anne and Patrick Poirier Charles Simonds body rock weight the ruin and its ghost
to Alberto Carneiro Claudio Costa bread archaeology "in regress"
to Marcel Mauss Lévi-Strauss Michel Foucault the meaningless or wild speeches
to Julia Kristeva the foreigner carnival and apocalypse
to Raul Brandão to the megalithic sculptors of the Alentejo menhirs and
to all those who hope the stone to bloom
in the Promised Land
Ernesto de Sousa, dedicatory in the brochure of "Vilarinho das Furnas", 1980.
Direction and photography by Ernesto de Sousa. Filming by Fernando Curado Matos. Assistance by Luísa Matos and Isabel Alves. Editing by Vítor Leitão. Produced by Secretaria de Estado da Cultura with support from Parque da Peneda-Gerês. Technical support of Instituto de Tecnologia Educativa.
Versions presented at: "Arte Portuguesa Hoje", Sociedade Nacional de Belas-Artes, Lisbon, January 1980. Texts read by Ana Hatherly, Ernesto de Sousa, Julião Sarmento and Teresa Gouveia O'Neill. 3ème Symposium d'Art Performance de Lyon, ELAC, May 1981. "Polemic Tendencies in Contemporary Artistic Language" Program, Círculo das Artes Plásticas, Coimbra, December 1982.