Legible, Visible. Entre el fotograma y la página – Mela Dávila / Maite Muñoz
“Legible – Visible. Entre el fotograma y la página” emerge como una obra reveladora que desentraña la intrincada relación entre las publicaciones de artistas y los documentos audiovisuales. La colaboración entre Mela Dávila Freire y Maite Muñoz Iglesias, plasmada en esta publicación de la Editorial Tenov, arroja luz sobre un periodo fascinante de experimentación artística que abarca desde la irrupción del vídeo doméstico alrededor de 1970 hasta la revolución de los medios digitales en los albores del siglo XXI.
“Legible – Visible. Between the Frame and the Page” emerges as a revelatory work that unravels the intricate relationship between artists’ publications and audiovisual documents. The collaboration between Mela Dávila Freire and Maite Muñoz Iglesias, showcased in this publication from Editorial Tenov, sheds light on a fascinating period of artistic experimentation spanning from the advent of home video around 1970 to the digital media revolution in the early 21st century.
Dávila provides a theoretical and historical approach that rescues works long considered secondary, emphasizing their serialized nature. Linearity, temporality, and the ability to generate a unique experiential space are shared aspects between video and artist books, enabling creators to explore narratives and anti-narratives from diverse perspectives.
In her detailed study of the works, Muñoz investigates how different artists have navigated the permeability between publications and audiovisual media. This analysis reveals games of opposition, complementarity, and dialectics, demonstrating how ideas and storytelling strategies intermingle and mutually enrich.
The work poses a fascinating question: How are a book and a film similar? The answer unfolds across a broad spectrum of relationships between printed and audiovisual media, encompassing books, comics, film, and video. This less-explored approach sheds light on the continuity, complementarity, and dialectics between audiovisual works and artists’ publications.
A key element shared by both media is linearity, where the sequence of material elements demands an order manifesting in both the physical and content planes. Temporality, far from being univocal, weaves into the experience of the reader or viewer, where the order of appearance demands a lapse of time for appreciation and understanding.
Both publications and audiovisual works create their own experiential context, separate from the surrounding material reality. This suspended context gives meaning to the content, generating another simultaneous space that leads to a hallucinogenic experience in reading, a movement in itself.
Finally, the work highlights the shared narrative potential of both media, a third of their common features. This potential unfolds at the crossroads between artists’ publications and audiovisual pieces, a fertile ground for experimentation, challenge, and the rupture of narrative conventions.
Among the analyzed projects, artists from the early years of these experiments in the 1970s stand out, such as John Baldessari, Isidoro Vlacárcel, Gilbert & George, Christian Boltanski, Ulises Carrión, Ed Ruscha, or Martha Rosler, as well as a new generation represented by authors like Julián Barón, Elaine McGeorge, the Cine Quieto duo, or Rob van Leijsen.
“Legible – Visible. Between the Frame and the Page” reveals itself as a profound and insightful exploration of the intersection between artists’ publications and audiovisual documents. With a meticulous and perceptive approach, the work invites readers to immerse themselves in a fascinating territory where narrative and experimentation converge, unveiling new possibilities for artistic creation at the intersection of the printed page and moving image.