Diarios is a reading of 24 entries selected from the diaries of Raul Ruiz (1941-2011) written throughout 1995 connected to the production of the unfinished film The Comedy of Shadows / La comedie des ombres filmed in Taiwan that year. The diaries are read by the Chilean poet Waldo Rojas, a longtime friend of Raul and neighbour in the Belleville suburb of Paris. Recorded on 25 July 2018 on the anniversary of Ruiz’s birth, the diaries are read in their original Spanish and accompanied on two monitors that display text translations into English and Mandarin. Diarios is an element of the multi-part project Double Ghosts that explores the status and potential of unrealised and fragmented histories. Considering broader issues from cultural displacement, exile and the changing nature of cinema as the hiatus between the real and the unreal Double Ghosts employs an open model of production and exhibition to activate divergent cultural, social and geographical contexts.
George Clark is an artist, writer and curator. His films have exhibited at festivals and museums internationally. Bridging curatorial and artistic practice, George Clark’s work explores the history of images and how they are governed by culture and technology as well as social and political conditions. His most recent work Double Ghosts is an evolving multi-part project, presented at the 2018 Taiwan Biennale, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Art (Taichung, September 2018-February 2019). He is co-founder of the West Java West Yorkshire Cooperative Movement, a collaborative project with the Jatiwangi Art Factory and Pavilion. He has curated projects for museums, galleries, cinemas, and festivals with a focus on broadening the histories of film and video practice globally.