Manuel Saiz

2008, 03:16 minutes, colour


The term buffer is used in computer technology to define a space of memory in which the information is stored in preparation for process or transfer.  The buffer receives the information in a disorganized and abrupt manner and delivers it regularly in packets adequate for further manipulation.
The work
Buffer is a device executing metaphorically the same function, ordering human beings as data through its physical displacement in space. Its mechanism refers to daily life situations in which the population of big cities interacts with public services. The sculpture shows the basic structure of these situations. Visitors experiencing the work would feel a repetitive and mechanic excitement close to alienation.

Buffer was created for Matadero Madrid, produced by Área de Las Artes del Ayuntamiento de Madrid and consists of a video projection (single channel, 3 minutes 16 seconds) and an architectural sculpture. Installation Documentation available, 2 minutes 38 seconds.

Rental and Sales

Single Screening Rental


Educational Purchase DVD (Bluray +$15)


5 Year Educational Streaming License, Digital File with DVD Circulation Copy


Gallery Exhibition and Installation, complete Media Request form for quote

Institutional Archival Acquisition, complete Media Request form for quote

Curators and programmers, please contact to receive a login and password to preview Vtape titles online.

Screening and exhibition rentals and archival acquisitions include public performance rights; educational purchases or licenses include rights for classroom screenings and library circulation. When placing an order the customer agrees to our general online terms and conditions. Payment (or a purchase order number) and a signed licensing agreement must be received before media can be shipped to the client.

Critical Writing

Life and Nothing Else
by Pablo Llorca. Buffer, Apr. 22, 2008.