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Different trains

Beatriz Caravaggio

Fundació Joan Miró | 13/06 - 31/07

In 1988, the NorthAmerican Steve Reich, one of the leading figures of minimalism, composed a piece about the Jewish Holocaust. Almost thirty years later, this video work confers visual life on the score interpreted by the Kronos Quartet.

The starting point is Different Trains, the work of an autor born in 1936 who together with composers like John Cage or Philip Glass, is one of the essential names in the history of contemporary music of USA. It is a work for string quartet, pre-recorded sound and structured in three movements. The composer recalls the train journeys he himself made between 1939 and 1942 between New York and Los Angeles following the divorce of his parents, and relates it to the train trip to a concentration camp that he would have been forced to make a child of the same age in the Europe of that same period. Twenty-eight years after the piece was composed, the director Beatriz Caravaggio was commissioned by the BBVA Foundation to create a videographic work that would put images to music. He did it starting from the recording, considered canonical, that the Kronos Quartet (protagonist of the opening day of 2019 Grec) had done in 1989. On this recording, the author mounted images that show both the beauty of the American landscape as the sombre images of the trains that transported the deportees to the extermination camps or showed the crudest side of the war. A screen divided into three parts allows Caravaggio to create a rich collage of images in the form of a multichannel video that has been considered by Steve Reich himself as a "reflective and exciting" work.

With the collaboration of Fundación BBVA.


Multichannel video multicanal

SD / Black and white and color

This film was made in 2016.


Multimedia gallery

Different trains


Discipline Hybrid scene

Dates and schedules June 13 to October 6. Tuesday-Saturday, 10-20 h. Sunday, 10-18. Mondays closed

Space Fundació Joan Miró

Duration29 min

PriceEntrada gratuïta amb l'entrada general a la Fundació

Directed toFrom Melbourne to New York

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