"We daily navigate through a network of images of distant lands, images of many more towns and foreign countries than we will ever put our feet on, images of stages that are too many and too faraway for us to step on and play, sounds of voices answering questions that we never asked. We 'feel' towards remote persons we will never greet with our hand on their hand, emotions born from isolated images, neither real or unreal, neither actual or false, indistinct un-fictions, so here, so nothing, so strong”.
The Door Project is a series of site-responsive kinetic video installations, performerless performances behind locked doors. They are conventional doors, secret doors, indoors doors, outdoors doors, classroom doors, bedroom doors, cupboard doors, that-door-on-your-way-to-work-you-have-never-noticed-before, wooden doors, garage doors. Always locked doors. A person can be heard calling and felt knocking from the inside. Viewers and passers-by can look through a spy-hole on the door to discover its identity and whereabouts… but this person is only a film. Through the peephole is the detached image of an alien location, an environment that contrasts with your immediate surroundings, like a paradisiacal, sunny, white-sanded beach behind a featureless door in a cold, old, grey building in a rainy town. The personage condemned to knock to infinity on this heaven's door is someone somehow familiar, somehow miles away, trying to engage with you, asking you to open that door in order to get onto your side. And you, on 'your' side, find yourself unable to help, to unlock the door.. A video screen on the backside of the spy-hole, basic loudspeakers and a synchronized homemade 'mechanical knocker' create an illusion of insurmountable physical proximity and impossible intimacy between the two persons on each side of the door.
DOOR NO. 1: THE TOURIST The Tourist is a man trapped in a postcard, bound to knock forevermore on the exit door of an inescapable paradise. Installed on: - Piazza Castello, Torino (Festival Teatro a Corte, July 2012). - Garden gate of a house boat in Shoreham-by-Sea (Undercurrent Weekend, Aug 2011) - An unspectacular door in an old veterinary college (BAC Take Out at Summerhall, Aug 2011, Edinburgh Festival) and a memorable not-abandoned house somewhere in Brighton. Deviced by: Sam Pearson and Clara García Fraile Performance: Sam Pearson
DOOR NO. 2: DEADLOCK Deadlock is an absurd riddle, a never-ending discussion between two contemporary souls, locked between the soft numbness of comfort and their paralycing fear to escape it, to open the door that keeps them 'in'. You can hear them, you can see them, you can feel them knocking, remote and actual, asking for your help, but will you be able to help? Do you even want to help? Deviced by: Sam Pearson and Clara García Fraile Written and performed by: Clara García Fraile Created in residence at Studio 106, London. With the support of Pablo Sacristán. Exhibition 4 & 5 November 2011.
DOOR NO. 3: ANYONE THERE? Fragmentary perception and broken memory take us to believe wealth is innocent of poverty, that richness and misery come from eternity and walk towards eternity, unconnected and autistic to each other, because that's-the-way-things-are. Devised by Sam Pearson and Clara García Fraile Performed by Carrick. Installed at the Royal Palace Gardens of Torino, Italy (Festival Teatro a Corte, July 2012).
DOOR SERIES: GREETINGS FROM THE DESERT Devised by: Clara García Fraile and Lidia de Pedro Developed during a residency at CAC Ses Voltes, 2015 (Palma, Spain)