by Chris WELSBY
2014-2021 / 4K / color / sound / 1S / 17' 12

"The camera work, like the hotel building, is unstable and fragmented. Take-by-take we witness time passing as the camera pans and tilts erratically amongst the ruins. The concrete ruins look very static, when seen from the adjacent beach, but close up, the camera creates an altogether different sense of time passing. In the late afternoon light, shadows are seen to creep rapidly across the fractured ground, where scorpions and geckos scurry amongst the debris.. The camera viewpoint shifts constantly as if looking for something important. Texture and detailed emerge from the swirling pastel hues of light and shade. Sometimes, architectural detail materialise on the surface of the screen, at other times the bright uncompromising colours of graffiti appear out of the chaos as if to defy the passage of time. (...)

In HOTEL the fallibility of human aspiration and the comparatively certainty of concrete, are both seen to be parts of a constantly changing river of colour and light. The monumental solidity of the concrete ruins are thus seen to be as unstable and as tenuous as both the lives of those who built them or those who have since inscribed their identity on the crumbling walls.

Although we may find consolation in the idea that the world around us is predominantly stable with only an occasional disruption to the fabric of our personal realities, it is probably more realistic to understand, as Heraclitus did more than a thousand years ago, that pockets of stability are in fact, unusual and temporary and that the only constant is continuous change." - Chris Welsby

HOTEL 2021 is a re-working of the footage shot to make MOMENTUM, a 37-minute video originally completed in 2015. Location: The ruins of the Hotel Bahia de Tenicatita, La Manzanilla, Jalisco, Mexico.


distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 29,976 fps
sound sound
rental fee 69,00 €