Video digital. 4k.Stereo. 04:33 minutes. 2023

Diseño CGI: Li Cam Vega Escaneo 3d: Ronny Albuja Diseño Sonoro: Camille Enriquez

Commissioned by Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado
The memory of those who inhabited this territory is still somehow imprinted, from the daily cooking of their food. These "writings" or traces are not only in the morphology, in the symbols or in the shapes drawn on the pre-Columbian vessels. They must also be scientifically located in a microscopic world, hidden in the remains of the molded clay that they embraced for decades to serve food and thus be able to read the memory of diets, agricultural practices and human interactions of that time.        
In a narrative that oscillates between documentary and science fiction, Hilum goes through the scientific process of finding starches in pre-Columbian pieces used for food preparation. The video plays with close-ups to make the viewer's approach feel so close as to look at the almost imperceptible. 3D models were used to give the sensation of processing the piece from the technology and a compilation of the starches found in the scientific process. The camera lenses created with magnifying glasses to achieve closeness and blur generate the sensation of something unknown, something that is there but cannot be seen, and thus represent the vibration of the material, the movement and morphological changes of the food over time.

The image visually goes through the ceramics of the pre-Columbian pieces giving value to the details of the same as if they were a geographical space to understand the processes linked to the territories. Visually, it will be possible to feel how the spectator is absorbed in a journey to the memory of the ceramics towards the interior of the same until arriving at the images of microscopic remains of starches.

Discovering in ceramics the symbiosis and relationship between food and scientific processes.

Hilum is a video that tells the story of the scientific exploration of the INPC research center to find starches from food samples in pre-Columbian pieces that were selected from the collection of the Alabado archaeological museum. It is presented as a sensory documentary where the scientific is told as a cooking recipe, where step by step the alchemy and transformation allows us to feel the encounter with the starches embedded in the vessels. To go from the vessel that contains a memory of symbols to a more concrete memory that is born from the hilum: the place where the starch begins to grow. Where the vessel is transformed into food.