Despair Beyond Despair

Short Film

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A project by Marco Rios.

Marco Rios produces theatrical installations and humorous performances that expose a preoccupation with kitsch, paranoia, death, delirium, mania, mystery and the unconscious. His ongoing preoccupation with flesh, gore, and his own body has been manifested in ongoing stainless steel-cast steak fillets and also in his project for the 2008 California Biennial in which he created a minimal site-specific room with the ceiling lowered to match his height. For his project at LAXART, Rios will continue his investigation of corporality and death, while also inquiring into the representation of artists and art in popular culture. Using Dario Argento’s 1970 film The Bird With The Crystal Plumage as a point of departure, Rios will respond to the metaphorical and literal notions of dying inside the gallery space. For this project, Rios will re-stage a scene from Argento’s film where an American writer witnesses a murder inside a gallery space and while attempting to assist the suffering victim, is trapped in the gallery’s foyer only to watch the victim bleed to death while he waits for the police. Rios will shoot a new film of this scene where he will play the murderer, the victim, the witness, and the police detective, hoping to embody all perspectives of these characters himself as he deconstructs the literal and metaphorical layers of this gruesome event.