September 6 – October 18, 2003
A video by Miguel Angel Rios in collaboration with Rafael Ortega
Lauri Firstenberg, Curator
Morir (‘til Death), filmed in Tepoztlan, Mexico focuses on a popular game that involves spinning tops. Viewed from multiple perspectives, the video begins with one spinning top and culminates in the participation of thirty of the most skilled players in town, aged 14 to 50. Through the documentation of this simple scenario, dynamics of competition, aggression and territorialism are signaled both visually and aurally. The relative violence is complicated by the game’s high formality and beauty. Morir (‘til Death) negotiates both politics and poetics in abstracting narrative about urban sprawl and congestion.