Environmental study of colour in Benimaclet

Maia dal Berger

Thursday 29th April, from 3.30pm-5.30pm

Presentation Room (UTS Bldg. 3, Lvl. 5, Rm. 510)

Screening: 5 mins.

The presentation will be a short 3min 40second video, which was filmed in a small “barrio” in Valencia, Spain. The small town of Benimaclet is unique to Valencia…. as the city grew and expanded, Benimaclet was swallowed up by the apartment buildings and metros. Despite this, Benimaclet has managed to still remain undoubtedly the most individual and warm suburb in the city, holding onto its “small town” vibe, while still functioning in a “big city” sense. The people of the “barrio” are proud and united despite their language, age or cultural differences. Weddings, funerals, parties, festivals and religious ceremonies all take place in the same small plaza, where most of the footage was shot. The video, entitled “Environmental study of colour in Benimaclet” is an attempt to capture the unique spirit of the village, without falling into a didactic documentary category.

After growing up in the Blue Mountains, I moved to Sydney to study my bachelor of Fine Arts/Arts, then between 2008 and 2010 I studied and lived in Spain. I chose a degree that was incredibly broad, because, well at 18, who really knows what they wanna do? Not me. The more I progress in my degree, the more I am drawn towards the Video arts, finding comfort in the expression of the screen and possibilities technology can bring to art.


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