Ruben Guzman

1992, 13:00 minutes, colour, English


i. concept
fm. latin: trans across; scandere climb
to transcend: to be beyond the range/domain or grasp of (human experience, reason, description, belief, etc.); excel, surpass.

the "Goethian" perspective:
"from the eternal existence of my soul is proved from my idea activity. If I work on unceasingly till my death, nature is bound to give me another form of being when the present one can no longer sustain my spirit. "
w.v. Goethe, conversations with Eckermann, 1929

ii. the story
"he" the main character in this oeuvre, reflects goethe's philosophy - i.e. the extension of our own experience can only be attained by our creative output. he too is a prolific writer. we can probably infer his strong determination, though undermined by physical tiredness. although he does not resist death, he needs to wrap up his thoughts and write the final chapter. Both his philosophy and (expressionist) vision will guide him in his passage. Beyond his existence, his work shall endure.

iii. structure analysis: verticality
scandere climb
in death, our physical debris and our soul/spirit climb down or up to different levels of existence and consciousness.
verticality is acknowledged throughout the piece: in its title and principally in the visuals by means of movement within the frame, camera movement and/or metaphors.

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