A long pathway separates the moment of enchantment/cinema audience from the imbuing/private dialogue of the video, but this reflection of Cocteau's carries through time and serves as an exemplary setting for the context and starting point towards the analysis of Alexandre Estrela's video installation, made up of three autonomous pieces: Cross Sharing. Hi8 and Turquoise Hexagon Sun, projected in permanent dialogue.
Alexandre Estrela's work above all reflects a singular and double stance in relation to the creative process: that of an artist undergoing permanent concentration, researching into the "chance meetings, the attention and the lock of attention", and that of a viewer experiencing wonderment at the perceptive artifices. Going against the immediate, and thus abstracted, nature of the electronic signals of the video image and of the mechanisms of apprehension of contemporary society, according to Walter Benjamin's theory, based on a "state of distraction", Alexandre Estrela instills all of his work with a methodical philosophy of pure concentration, thus disconnecting the plots from the form of the gaze.
The three videos presented at the Museu do Chiado reflect epitomes of his creative path, and within them we re-encounter essential issues, resulting in a sort of gospel of his aesthetic searches and encounters.