Six Steps to a Project, 2003
Three channel video, projection, color, sound
Ed. of 5 (+ 2AP)

In “Six Steps to a Project” (2003), Melanie Smith in collaboration with Rafael Ortega recreates the life of a popular Mexican cantina with actors. What the spectator can see is merely the process of filming; the final product is presented in a can. Here personal interactions come to the fore, yet Melanie Smith has cunningly avoided a documentary presentation, suggesting to the actors that they improvise a previously-stipulated dramatic situation. The spectator is forced to deal with a certain amount of anguish while looking at stories that are repeated and interrupted. The edition continuously blocks the possibility of a linear narration, and thus of empathizing with the characters.

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