LOST IN A GLASS OF WATER; Cinzia Sarto; digi; TRT: 2.06
A disjointed view in need of a compass. An attempt to walk holding a magnifying lens – an instrument to clean the eye while offering the most precious and simple of all gifts. The irony of the title mirrors the elusiveness of losing oneself. This is the first step of a walking series called roving with a glass of water.
This video is part of a series called “roving with a glass of water”, a documentation of my walking filmed in Kerala, in Rome and at Coney Island’s beach in New York, three different moments where I was facing the sea and filming who was there.
The irony of the title mirrors the elusiveness of losing oneself in a handful of drops or in a glass that can contain an entire sea, leaving us with the question of how we perceive our self and what surrounds us.
The images were made at the time in which my eyes were filled with confusion, I felt lost and decided to place a glass on my empty hands while walking.
I was interested in filtering the act of taking images with a gesture that was also an invitation toward others I was encountering along the journey. I needed a gift to offer and chose water as the element most present inside my body, a liquid that could also move with each one of my steps.
Water became a magnifying lens, an instrument to clean the eye, a compass and an offering, it contained both the possibility of drowning and floating while the rhythm of the falling drop underlined the necessary following step of the journey.
If my eyes could see through the water they might learn to follow its vagabond nature, its capacity of constant transformation from the single drop on the bird’s wing to the vapor density of fog, to the liquid embracing us.
I was surprised when I filmed the person on the ground motionless, I noticed how all of our movements were affected by his immobility, its body became a question, a mirror of our presence or absence in the moment, I brought the glass of water close to the body holding the memory of walking as a calling.
I was always interested in counterculture, mostly on those individuals that have been able to find some personal freedom within their life, as a consequence I resent all that promotes the role of individuals as consumers of life. This has made me a stranger in my own country and a traveller for years. Video is the tool I use to unravel my own expectation while walking.