Riccardo Giacconi

research project, 2012-2014

“Suddenly everyone felt a big shake. […] Then we realized that the bus had fallen into the Cali river. The police arrived, and they asked about the cause of the accident. The bus driver told them that he saw a lion sitting in the middle of the road. They laughed a lot, and decided to go to the zoo and ask whether a lion had escaped.”

Still from film

In quantum physics, if two particles interact in a certain way and then become separated, regardless how distant they are from each other they will share a state called ‘quantum entanglement’. That is, they will keep sharing information despite their separation. This theory used to upset Einstein. In his theory of relativity, no transmission of information could occur faster than the speed of light, therefore he couldn’t understand how the two particles could be simultaneously connected.

Entrelazado is a research project on a series of interwoven narratives based in Cali, Colombia. It is composed by a film, a series of objects and documents related to the different story-lines and a video installation.

The film intertwines four interviews collected in Cali. A tailor, a puppeteer, a parapsychologist and a physicist narrate certain episodes supposedly occurred in the city: the disappearance of a cow; a form of possession caused by a puppet; a paradox in quantum mechanics; the fall of a bus into a river due to a lion on the road.
A latent ‘entanglement’ between elements of the stories emerges, outlining possible examples of action at a distance.

A series of objects and documents related to the different story-lines were collected from personal archives of the four people involved. Presented as archaeological exhibits, they establish visual connections and enigmatic reverberations.

Installation view

Installation view

A video installation for a dark room presents a selection of excerpts from the interviews recorded during the research, in which quantum physics and puppetry seem to blend with each other.

English version
password: parapuppet

Exhibited at: Shoonya, Bangalore, India; notgalerie Seestadt, Vienna, Austria (2017); International Film Festival Rotterdam (Bright Future section), The Netherlands; FICUNAM Festival Internacional de Cine UNAM (El Porvenir section), Ciudad de México (2016); FIDMarseille, France (Grand Prix of the international competition); New York Film Festival, USA; Doc Buenos Aires, Argentina; FIAC (Cinéphémère), Paris, France; Pariscience, Paris, France; Les Rencontres du cinéma documentaire, Paris, France (2015); MIDBO - Muestra Internacional Documental de Bogotá (Colombia); Festival de Cine de Cali (Colombia); Filmmaker Festival, Milan (Italia); Universidad Javeriana, Cali, Colombia (2014); Galerie Ton de Boer, Amsterdam; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, Italy (2013); lugar a dudas, Cali, Colombia (2012).