Oslo national academy of the arts, Academy of Fine Art
Project manager: professor Dora García
“Segunda Vez” is a film and analysis project using the figure of author, critic, artist and psychoanalyst Oscar Masotta (Buenos Aires 1930 – Barcelona 1979) as a trigger to speak about art, politics and psychoanalysis. Art refers to performance art, repetition (second time around) and event (to happen again). Politics refers to the complex position of the artist within an urgent political situation, calling for action. Psychoanalysis refers to a method, a form of transmission of knowledge that allows to give complex but efficient answers to complex problems involving language, body, and memory.
Oscar Masotta is a figure that functioned as a hub (as a theorist and a practitioner) for the most important developments of South American conceptualism, introduced Lacanian psychoanalysis in the Spanish-speaking world, and went into exile on the eve of the state terrorism in Argentina (1976-1981).
The film is episodic and consists of five chapters, developed and filmed in 2015-16. The first three chapters are the documentary filming of reconstructions (real reconstructions, real performances: they happen again) of the three happenings Oscar Masotta did in 1966: “El Helicóptero” (The helicopter), “Para inducir el espíritu de la imagen” (To induce the spirit of the image) and “El mensaje fantasma” (The phantom message). The last two chapters are filmed fiction shorts, one adapting Julio Cortázar’s short story “Segunda vez” – both a science fiction story and an accurate description of state murder – and “La Eterna”, a conspiration of readers to change reality, with the background of an ancient and seemingly infinite library.
When we speak of a film and analysis project we mean to say that the film is the motor that moves the analysis. The film “practice” organizes the discursive elements of the project. The necessity to understand and re-construct the context for these five chapters to happen again (second time around) and be filmed, leads the pace for the discursive elements of the project. These discursive elements are:
1. Archival research (mainly done at the Torcuato Di Tella archive in Buenos Aires and Biblioteca del Campo Freudiano in Barcelona)
2. Interviews (with people who participated in the first occurrence of the events and with researchers of those events, many of them with several publications on the work of Oscar Masotta)
3. And publication (both LIVE, in the form of a symposium, and printed virtually and analogically, with the creation of a web, and the ambition to periodically publish cahiers to document the research as it happens, as well as a final publication of the results and conclusions)