When it comes down to it, what do we mean when we talk about memory?
From the first dimension, the past calls out to us as if it was a faraway land; so we tell stories to try and revisit its landscapes. And from the second dimension, the time separating us from the past can be measured, but never extinguished. So we tell stories and make films as if it was all in the present.
But can we add a third dimension?
Peter Greenaway, Jean-Luc Godard and Edgar Pêra respond to this question in 3D. Or rather, they add their own space to the measurements of time and images from the past.

It's a Guimaraes 2012 I European Capital of Culture production: it starts in our memory and projects us into our 3-dimensional future.


Just in Time
Peter Greenaway

A short totemic 18-minute Iook at nearly two thousand years of Portuguese history centred on Guimaraes - its local heroes and its local historical centre. all pulled together in a film that explores some 3D possibilities that are not all spawned by Avatar. It is in fact the same 5 minute film remade three times. approximately morning, noon and night, approximately 200 AD to late Gothic, late Gothic to the Renaissance, and Renaissance to Modern Times.

But being unveritable and a moveable feast in most imaginations, we surely must always end up knowing that History is only a branch of Literature, or in this case, Cinema.

Hallarme said that all things are created merely as material to fill a book - surely he could have said that all life is created merely as material to fill a film - and since cinema is surely a textbased medium, an audience's need for text could surely be somewhat satisfied here.

Directed and written by Peter Greenaway
Co-production Fundadao Cidade de Guimaraes / Luperpedia Foundation


The three Distasters
Jean Luc-Godard

Does History impose a third dimension to our eyes? Or perhaps we don't know how to deal with the two dimensional heritage anymore? Is cinema reinventing itself or just falling into the abyss of oblivion? "If perspective was the original sin of occidental painting, technology was its gravedigger. The conquest of space made everybody lose their memory...“

Directed and written by Jean-Luc Godard
Co-production Fundadao Cidade de Guimaraes I L'Atelier


Edgar Pêra

Cinesapiens is a micro-musical history of Amazement, from the Early Spectator to the Holocinema Viewer. lt's a trip between different genres and different Ages of Spectatorship. Neo-cinema of the attractions using 3D as the catalyst for kino-novelty. Cinesapiens is a kinetic bridge between kino-theory and film-practice. Kino-quotes from the History of Hollywood and the History of Film Theory were cannibalized and eaten by the Cinesapiens creature. And it merged a text by Howard Phillips Lovecraft with a real story about the Krypto-Celulloids: trans-dimensional creatures that live in the memories of the Global Spectators. Cinesapiens is a Kino-Frankenstein's Monster, a new form of cine-life, with a consciousness of its own. When the Kino-Frankenstein's monster Iooks into the mirror, which is the screen, he sees a condensed reflection of Cine-History. Cinesapiens is a mutant Amazed Spectator. 
Long Live Cinesapiens! Death to the Realists!

Directed and written by Edgar Pêra
Co-production Fundadao Cidade de Guimaraes / Bando á Parte