Canción para Lupita, 1998

Song for Lupita, 1998
Media installation, Various dimensions
Francis Alÿs projects this animation in a very small format, the size of a sketchbook. The action is very simple and repeated ad infinitum: a woman pours liquid from one receptacle to another and back again in a never-ending process, a repetitive and futile gesture that interacts with the furniture and the music. The action is accompanied by the melodious words of the song Mañana, mañana (Tomorrow, tomorrow), suggesting that there is always hope in the future. The installation alludes to a non-productive use of time that becomes irreverent and poetic in a historical context obsessed with production. Moreover, as the title and the music suggest, it refers to a specific geographic and cultural world, and to the transfer and constant flux of cultures and lives.

Technical details

Original title:
Canción para Lupita
Registration number:
Alÿs, Francis
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Object type:
Media installation
Record player and Lafayette speakers, 45 LP rpm, sound reocording, audiovisual recording, colour, silent, loop
Various dimensions
Edition number:
Instal·lació: 3/3. Discs LP: 36/300, Ed. 37/300 i Ed. 40/300
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation. Long-term loan of Brondesbury Holdings Ltd.
© Francis Alÿs, VEGAP, Barcelona
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