Cinthia Marcelle is known for using video and photography to document her interventions with ordinary day-to-day activities. She often uses film to explore how experiences in public spaces – a traffic light, an isolated dirt road, a construction site – can turn from everyday occurrences into joyful and poetic events. For High Line Channel 14, Marcelle presents a selection of videos that challenge our notions of conventional behavior by introducing humorous coincidences and connections.
In the 2005 video Confronto, eight people are seen in the middle of a crosswalk manipulating batons lit on fire, preventing traffic from moving. The trilogy of Fonte 193 (Fountain 193) (2007), 475 Volver (To Come To) (2009), and Cruzada (Crusade) (2010) feature a barren landscape with red dirt and repetitive actions by a fire truck, a bulldozer, and a marching band. Her 2011 video Leitmotiv shows water pouring over a dirt-covered floor and broom sticks manipulating the water and dirt to create intricate patterns in the water.
Photos by Austin Kennedy.