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RUINS is a traveling film installation designed to haunt public café environments around the world.

Created by Dinorah de Jesús Rodriguez.  Starring Anita Ponton.  Special thanks to Kevin McLeod for royalty-free music used in the film trailer.

This project uses fleeting multiple projections to create an environment into which the viewer is unwittingly immersed while sitting at a café in any city in the world.  It is as if the café is haunted by the central character.

Projected images will appear intermittently on varying surfaces, tables and walls, to form a fragmented narrative conveying the story of a woman who, while trapped inside the ruins of a timeless place, haunts this café with her bizarre perceptions regarding the outside world and her notions of what might be going on here.

So, for example, a couple sitting at a table will notice a fleeting projection of the woman against a wall opposite their table. Another couple may spot her directly on the table that they are sitting at, gazing up at them. The projections will be timed to rhythmically appear and disappear in such a way as to tell the story in fragments, and to create a spontaneous, collective experience that is at once comic and eerie, intimate and public.

The footage for this work has already been shot in 8mm film format on location in Spain, and features London-based performance artist Anita Ponton, known for her experimental feminist video and performance works. The work will also incorporate snippets of found footage that is hand-colored, painted and scratched to create a puzzle-like narrative told by ghostly images appearing in random fragments throughout the café.

Your involvement

Your contribution to this project will cover the purchase of projection equipment and the payment of a technical consultant to assist me in installing the work for the first time. All funds raised above the minimum goal will be applied toward travel expenses to tour the piece to as many of the proposed cities as possible.  


Additionally, you can support RUINS by helping me scout suitable venues in cities around the world.  Please drop me a line if you know someone who owns a cafe in any city so that I can make contact with them and propose installing the project there.


As a Backer, you will receive regular updates and notifications of each presentation in each city.  You will also receive access to the project blog, where you will be able to view videos of each installation.

Venues and Cities

The first city to present this project will be Miami, which will feature the first installation in the Wynwood Arts District during Art Basel week, with venues being scouted in Dhakka, London, Buenos Aires, San Francisco,  New York, Madrid, Salvador de Bahia, Calcutta, Indianapolis, Guayaquil and Columbus, OH.

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