The paper examines a 5-year collaboration between Performing Pictures and Talleres Comunitarios de Zegache. In images and text, we trace the exchange of skills, knowledge, and aesthetic sensibility that took place as these two groups of artists collaborated in producing a series of video animations of venerative objects, against a backdrop of religious, social, and political tensions that characterise everyday life in Zegache. In the article and the accompanying series of three short films, Wonder & Veneration 1-2” edited by Robert Brečević, we examine how the artists negotiate questions of aesthetics and religious belief as their collaboration unfolds within the context of the Zegache community.
Our art is meant to be the product of communal processes and work-based kinship.
When we were recently commissioned to edit a series of video documentations of our work, we re-approached a rampant material never intended for editing or any kind of compilation. The footage proved to be shaky and crude, non-intentional and unbalanced in attention and dramaturgic build-up. The process of editing such a material is demanding, but as it progressed we discovered other valuable traits. There is an entirely different story that can be told through captured moving images and sound clashing with each other.
Text and still images can't convey the clatter and multi-focused nature of creativity and the purpose of our art is exactly that: to find vernacular skills and disciplines in pre- and post-professional society.
Editing became a process similar to that of panning grubble for small nuggets of gold where the camera just happens to capture something interesting without shaking too much – and to find a consistency in montage with associative links on a clip-to-clip-level.