Peter Biella and Iván Drufovka's non-narrative film, Eternity was born in the village evoked the slow pace and relaxed tempo of village life, and brought to centre stage the mundane activities, events, processes, people and animals that are the agents of life transformed in Măgura: cattle inoculations, tales of love-lives from the village’s senior residents, bread-baking, egg-dieing, tuica distilling, and political campaign spinning. In the film, the villages became the leading actors as well as the directors and producers.
Visit the Media-Resources section to read Peter and Iván's chapter in the Interventions: Măgura Past & Present book [pdf, 1mb]
Doug Bailey’s non-narrative video rendering of a village back street, shot at four different times of the same day and then edited into one screen, presented the viewer with the real-time pace by which the landscape is transformed. It is the second-by-second and minute-by-minute occasionality of a cow or a moped or a cart passing by that is the process that grinds the ruts into the dirt road and that wears away the trimmed corners where streets meet. This is the pace of transformation, not the large, extra-human distilled speed of archaeological or geological schemes and interpretations.
The film-making took place in May 2009 and the outputs produced contributed to the Măgura Past & Present exhibition at the Teleorman County Museum.