at the pace of the rocks

2017

At the pace of the rocks - Miguel Sbastida

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Durational site-specific performance in which —by remaining still— I tried to become a rock from sunrise to sunset.

Carried-out in Racetrack Playa (Death Valley National Park); a remote geological system widely known for its iconic rocks, which move slowly over the surface of a dry lakebed, carving the ground beneath and leaving behind traces of their course. With their movement, the dolomite rocks seem to question aliveness, while their mysterious traces reveal the slowness of geological processes and the invisibility of a landscape in continuous transformation.

In the distance, I integrated in appearance with other surrounding stones and after remaining still for a period of nine hours, my body lost the ability to walk; becoming more rock and less human.

 

Series of nine photographs taken from the same place, between sunrise and sunset. The slowly changing shadows projected by the stones can be observed in relationship to sunlight angles throughout the day.

Inkjet print on satin musem baryta fibre silk paper 310gsm.

70 x 52 cm each

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ATPOFR. Miguel Sbastida

 

Short fragment of a two-channel durational video.

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Photography and documentation by Carlota Anton
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