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Gerundi circular, 2021

Media installation, Screen: 84 x 152 cm (perimeter)

Claudia Pagès’ mesmerizing video installation Gerundi circular (2021) revolves around global maritime routes, legal jargon, and the relentless flow of commerce and people that has characterized capitalism in action. Filmed in a seamless 360-degree loop, the footage blends the rhythmic gestures of three performers and layers of handwritten texts into a series of music-video sequences. 

The panoramic narrative is set around three distinctive and interconnected sites related to the past and present of Barcelona’s commercial port: the ship-shaped business hub of the World Trade Center, the 19th-century customs building, and the harbour breakwater. Completing the installation is a cardboard carpet printed with snippets of phrases derived from law manuals in which Pagès mixes up gerunds (a verb form that does not inflect gender or number) and considers bodies as both objects and actants. Gerundi circular bears witness to the logistical intricacies of the city as a seemingly frictionless interface between the open space of the sea and manmade infrastructures, behaviours, and languages. 

Technical details

Original title:
Gerundi circular
Registration number:
Pagès, Claudia
Date created:
Date acquired:
MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan
Object type:
Media installation
360º video, colour, sound, 14 min 50 s and silkscreen on cardboard
Screen: 84 x 152 cm (perimeter) (height x width)
Edition number:
Edició d'1 + P.A.
MACBA Collection. Government of Catalonia long-term loan. National Collection of Contemporary Art
© Claudia Pagès
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