Orb / Orbe (Kristin Reger and Gella Zefira. USA.) 4:20 min.
An amorphous figure moves about the landscape. This figure is faceless, transformative, incorporeal. It blinks from one site to another, changing color and form. Its otherworldliness harkens upon the centuries of ritual and legend incited by the very sites it graces. Short scenes weave a non-linear montage and a sense of the supernatural, as does the film’s eerie soundscape and the sheer majesty of the sites’ cinematic transmission. Orb / Orbe serves as a symbol of the intersection between old and new. It is a poetic alien interrupting the space. Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores and SOMA supported the film.
Creators: Kristin Reger & Gella Zefira
The video has been exhibited at Casa Maauad and has been submitted to La segunda bienal nacional del paisaje (Mexico).
Gella studied at the Chelsea College of Arts and Design in London. She currently lives and works in New York. She has been co-director of video works that have been shown ay MTV, Vh1, VICE, Entertainment Weekly, Wonderland Magazine, and other platforms. In 2014 she received support from Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores (SRE) de Mexico to work on a collaborative piece that was filmed in the sacred volcanoes outside Mexico City.
Her work has been inspired by mythological stories and pop culture, working with themes of aesthetics and themes that claim to be both archetypal and present issues. At the moment, she is experimenting with new creative technologies, such as 360 video and virtual reality (VR). Zefira also practices painting, she finds in this activity the most immediate praxis of expression.
Kristin Reger (1984 Chicago) is a visual and performance artist with a background in textiles & fashion theory. She got a Master in Visual Arts at UNAM, Mexico. Previously she graduated in Arts, Design and Spanish at DePaul University, Chicago. Her present path of creation consists in abstract dressing with a tendency to sculpture. She is interested in the manipulation of the appearance, reaching a power to transform present realities. Also she is interested in the possibilities of having clothing that denies the face representation, the body and other anthropomorphic features, so, clothing turns into a beyond-earthly symbol. Reger explores these remarks by experimenting in the creation of diverse garments, movement systems and a mix of materials: sculptural costuming in movement, & how masquerade becomes spiritual housing, suggesting & inviting otherworldly entities.
INTERVIEW TO KRISTIN REGER DURING FESTIVAL MOVIMIENTO EN MOVIMIENTO.