Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca’s films release a new production: ‘One hundred steps’ (2020). As in other films of the duo, ONE HUNDRED STEPS unfolds through a hybrid language between documentary and fiction. The proposal is that the visitors of Le Conservatoire, in Marseille, France, reveal themselves to be performers. From October 9th to November 29th, the film commissioned by Manifesta 13 is exhibited at Le Conservatoire.
The eighth audio-visual collaboration of Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca was shot in Ireland and France with the collaboration of 20 musicians and dancers. They reference the work of Bob Quinn, the Irish filmmaker whose productions in the 1980’s (specifically Atlantean, a quartet of documentary films and accompanying book) were dedicated to deconstructing the hegemonic Eurocentric imaginary and elaborating on the role that North African cultures have played in the formation of Irish culture. Through an anti-colonialist approach, Quinn’s work remains an important historical document.
Wagner & de Burca’s film invites the viewer to enter its narrative through two distinct and seemingly mirrored chapters. The first is set at a sumptuous 17th-century Anglo-Irish colonial manor of the landlord class, located in southwest Ireland, and the latter at a 19th-century stately mansion built by a bourgeois French family, located in the centre of Marseille. Each of these houses carries the weighted atmosphere of its privileged history in their architecture and décor – a history now preserved, as both have become museums open to the public.
‘One hundred steps’ (2020)
Video, on loop, 2K, B/W + Colour, Sound
Co-Commissioned by Manifesta 13 Marseille and Visual Carlow
Produced by VOLTE and Wagner & de Burca
Co-financed by the Arts Council of Ireland, Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM), Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, V-A-C Foundation and Ammodo
Courtesy of the artists and Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro