MAGICAL ISA

 


Single Channel Video
Title:: MAGICAL ISA
Original Score: Dr. Adonis Gonzalez
Full Length: 5 min 13 sec
Year: 2015
Country of Production: USA

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Synopsis

MAGICAL ISA

 

In MAGICAL ISA, Grimanesa Amoros explores her experience visiting the Instituto Superior de Arte of Havana, Cuba (ISA). She delves into the landscapes surrounding the schools and their profound connection to the students. ISA is enchanting—characterized by expansive lawns, tropical vegetation, gently rolling hills, and vast open spaces. Among the five departments of the ISA, the School of Ballet captivates her attention and becomes the central focus of her video. Fidel Castro references ISA as an exemplary art academy renowned for its unparalleled beauty. However, in its present state, the school resembles more of an archaeological site than a world-class art institution. Its unfinished construction stands as a testament to the revolutionary vision of grandeur that failed to meet the promises made to Cuban academics.

 

The surrounding architecture of the five schools embodies a multidisciplinary approach, conceived as a novel way to engage with various artistic genres such as music, visual arts, and dance. “Magical ISA” serves as Grimanesa Amoros’ response to the contemporary social, economic, and environmental conditions that permeate an uncertain Cuba.

 

The video’s soundtrack features compositions by Dr. Adonis Gonzalez, a Cuban pianist, and composer who achieved honors during his nine-year tenure at the Superior Institute of Art of Havana (ISA).