Beauty of the snake, reflection in the mirror and soap bubbles

Virtual Display / Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

This animated video tells the story of a timeless security guard, who tries to protect Calouste Gulbenkian’s collection. It might resemble a museum audio guide or a narrative history lesson for children; however, it is none. Its form and story fluctuates between the real story and a fictional, hyperbolised counterpart. A few photos from the past and some pieces of the collection were chosen to act in the fictional story, in which the pieces turn into something that  you can only see in a fictional world. The video exaggerates certain properties of the pieces, shown from the security guard’s point of view, and describes the struggles of protecting a collection. It proposes a complementary reading of a real collection and museum, offering a mixture of virtual and real, possibly leading to the urge to ask questions, get lost or dive deeper in the collection or its story.