"Hitomi" (Japanese: .Pupil) is an art installation, consisting of a depiction of an abandoned deteriorated old school cinema. Within the reality of the piece, the theatre is a historically distant space for us, as it has fallen into oblivion… as if it consisted of architectural remains that could only be remembered in a museum or art gallery.
In this space a hybrid between the video art and the short film that is part of "Hitomi" is going to be projected. The ensemble symbolizes the idea of experiencing a half-functioning theater in ruins to convey a ghostly sensation to the people who visit it. That is to say, there is no longer a cinema, but once inside, it starts to function again until the moment where everyone leaves, and it once again becomes an abandoned ruin. The aim is for members of the public to feel like the last spectators in the space, as well as being the final (or last) gaze so to speak, so as to generate in them a possible reflection.
Why is an installation used to project an audiovisual piece? Why has Hitomi not been distributed classically through film festivals? The answer to the question is simple, the installation is part of the piece and part of its symbolism. Hitomi deals in general terms with the risk of extinction of the cinema (theatre).
Therefore, the place where the project should exist would be around an installation that would represent a purely ancient cinema, that would not be seen as a multi-theatre one, and that furthermore, it would be abandoned. There is a constant speech within the audiovisual piece, but it is also very important to give prominence to the installation so that it has voice and must be tangible.
Victoria Ioudina, born 1999 in Barcelona, is a film graduate of the university ESCAC (University of Cinema and Audiovisuals of Catalonia). In 2022 she made her debut as a director with Hitomi, a project consisting of a hybrid between a short film and a video art piece integrated into an art installation. This project was exposed at LAB36 and participated at LOOP Festival.