Persistence of memory

Persistence of memory

Persistence of memory


This 30-minute video documents the live experience of “Persistence of Memory”.
HD, 30min, 2012


Experimental film “Persistence of Memory” with Joan La Barbara’s original music premiered in Berlin, Germany on the opening night of MaerzMusic festival 17. march 2012 “Cage and Vonsequences”, celebrating the 100th anniversary of John Cage’s birth, as part of the live performance by Joan La Barbara and Ne(x)tworks.


Joan La Barbara introduced me to the chance procedures idea, inspired by the collaboration process of composer John Cage and choreographer Merce Cunningham, to create an event in which the film and music would be produced separately and played and projected simultaneously for the first time on opening night in Berlin.


The only rules that Joan and I set before collaborating on this project were that the film and music should each have a duration of 30 minutes, and that I would not even hear Joan’s music nor Joan would see my film until the until the opening night.


To create this film I used natural materials, water, colors, deferent type of liquids, sand, trees, clouds, stars, lighting, walking and driving through NYC and improvised lenses. I wanted to create a film that will come from the real world that I experience.


Music Composed by Joan La Barbara, composer and publisher member ASCAP©2012 Joan La Barbara


Music Performed by Ne(x)tworks:


Joan La Barbara (voice)
Stephen Gosling (piano)
Shelley Burgon (harp & laptop)
Yves Dharamraj (cello)
Miguel Frasconi (glass, flute & laptop)
Ariana Kim (violin)
Christopher McIntyre (trombone)

Sound Direction:
Martin Supper
Assistant Sound Direction:
Thoma Koch




– World premiere opening night of MaerzMusik festival, 2012, “Cage and Consequences”, Berlin, Germany