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  • Welcome to Amsterdam

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    In Welcome to Amsterdam (1993), Mariano Maturana combines abstract-geometrical computer animation with novel video footage of the city of Amsterdam. Images which overlap into each other reveal Amsterdam, literally and figuratively, as a dynamic 'multi-culture' in which abstract and explicit forms, signs and symbols follow-upon, and intersect each other. Welcome to Amsterdam spreads its rich carpet before you as if you were setting foot in the city for the very first time, having left the more impersonal, international atmosphere of the airport behind you. The apparent chaotic impression of the racy city is given a certain amount of shape by the sound and the music, which is just as important as the images: Maturana uses, among other things, different language courses, phrases from which he sampled in order to create the music based on their phonetic sounds. The structure of which stems from the actual sounds which assail the senses of the wide-eyed, brand-new visitor; the symphony of the city - street organs, rattling trams, loudspeakers, carrillons... irreducible snatches of music and sounds. The rudimentary movements of the geometric forms orchestrate the rhythm of Welcome to Amsterdam. Show less
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