Chilean Digital Media from Aysén “Comunica Sur”, featured Patricio’s visit to the Cultural Centre of Coyhaique in July 2019 , reviewing the activities he performed and his work linked to dance and film.
Original Article in Spanish can be Read HERE.
Presentation and conversation about video dance was held in Coyhaique
Patricio Soto Aguilar, audio visual content director traveled to the regional capital to execute in conjunction with the Cultural Centre of Coyhaique two activities linked to video and dance.
The first activity was focused on discussing the work in the movement genre and the audiovisual area, where the films made by Soto-Aguilar were reviewed chronologically, sharing the methodological, creative experience, learning curve and successes.
The director spoke exclusively with Comunica Sur and announced that the activities allowed to showcase the progression of his work to date and discuss the learnings. » The public was of related disciplines, so I made recommendations and also briefly presented how to think of the video dance project as a traditional audio visual production, with its production variables to take into account, budget, financing and exhibition.”
Beatriz Pino, a prominent regional dancer and part of the dance table, was in charge of moderating the conversation that was intended to introduce the audience to the genre. “Here were presented all my short films, the possibilities and progression since I got involved in it in 2011,” Patricio said.
The premise for his last film “Close Quarters”, was proxemics. The starting point was Patricio’s return to Chile after his studies in United Kingdom, impacted strongly by the use of public transport in Santiago, and what happens in the underground. He warns the existential consequences: “At 8 am, crowded, to have to push away to manage to be expelled out of the coach, are systems that make people, us the users, become violent”. Consequently, he decided to create a visual speech addressing this, that allows for reflection and provides insight of our local reality, although considering the universality of transport systems globally.
The audio-visual Communicator and Bachelor of Social Communication, Master in Creative and Cultural Industries in the United Kingdom, commented that the reception of the public was excellent, people were very participatory and interested in the subject, emphasizing the space given to other audiovisual and multi-disciplinary genres. “Some attendees from other non-artistic areas reflected on the potential use that this type of content can serve their own work. It discussed the readings that the audience can make of the projects, and the narrative and interpretative possibilities of the genre.” According to the artist, video dance is a disputed concept, from what it contains, as presented and to what extent the pieces that are classified within the genre are considered as such. “It must be understood that this comes initially from artistic exploration as the dance professionals themselves, where they began to perform with audio visual technologies and media.”
He also emphasized that it is a genre that comes closer to video art in its inception and that today it has been professionalized to the point of being called Dance Cinema by some festivals and professionals, probably by the inclusion of audiovisual professionals like me, who address the genre from our discipline in conjunction with those linked to dance and performance, making a valuable symbiosis of professionals that are reflected in the productions, generating as some theorists consider a new language, product of the combination of these other two, film and dance. The possibilities of storytelling become wider, and so the readings.
Patricio points out that it all began in 2011, a consequence of his interest in starting to direct fiction after several years linked in post-production and animation.
“Thanks to an invitation from the current director of the company Antimétodo, Ana Luz Ormazábal, I made a promotional video for a production of a dance workshop by Paulina Mellado, in which she participated. This experience showed me that on camera the bodies and the flow of motion provoked and produced something different from what one could perceive live, and from my experience in animation, I found the same visuality that I liked about this , but now with people.”
The first short film made by the artist, was exhibited abroad and in Chile winning several awards, from there he made another film in 2015, ‘Dominio’, which won several festivals abroad and was exhibited even in New Delhi, India, it is currently in Ondamedia of the Ministry of Culture to watch for free online. “This year I made 2 short films, ‘Uphill’ which was released in Rennes, France and already shown in Mexico, Czech Republic, London, and soon in Bolivia. And finally, ‘Close-Quarters’ that is finishing its post-production to be released, a project that we devised with the choreographer Marco Orellana and that thanks to the Production Company Cachalote and the initiative of 13 first-class performers, we recorded in January of this year”.
“For me, since the inception of the idea, and the personal catharsis that produces the final result, allows me to move towards a new idea and a new project. Obviously every short film has a concept, rules, and a motivation to exist, but I think it’s irrelevant that I say ‘it’s about this, or this other thing and how this happens’, because finally and as I’ve seen sharing with audiences, the readings are personal and often stray from my initial intention.”
Patricio further emphasized that there is at the regional level a remoteness with choreographic disciplines that move away from traditional dance or that are easily qualified (Folk, Arab, Ballet), that there is a lack of development of contemporary dance, physical theater and even performance at a local level, that allow languages and bodies to be researched and explored in other ways. “I think this goes hand in hand with an audience education work,, which not only considers the exhibition, but also the exchange between professionals and people, through talks and workshops where the community can participate, and experience the possibilities that other types of dance in this case, can give provide to their development and search for body expression.”
Finally, he commented that audiovisual professionals should allow themselves to explore their own languages, born from the locality, their landscapes and communities, a search that is not limited by a genre or references from other professionals, in some way the to carry out and finish projects, delivers a giant learning that one takes with, from things to improve, not do, or defining new goals and challenges to achieve in a next project.