MOMENT: Screening & Conversation
Carlos Amorales: A Film Trilogy
06.10-11.2015 | 7:30-9:30pm


The Mistake Room is pleased to present a two-night screening event devoted to Mexican artist Carlos Amorales’s recently completed trilogy of films. This will mark the first time that Amorales’s trilogy will be shown in its entirety. Following the screenings on the second night of the event (June 11), the artist will be in conversation with Dr. Josh Kun, Associate Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism.

Carlos Amorales: A Film Trilogy is organized by The Mistake Room and curated by Kris Kuramitsu, TMR Deputy Director and Senior Curator.


June 10th, 2015
Amsterdam (2013), Running Time: 21 mins.

A fictional film made from a screenplay written in collaboration with Argentinian author Reinaldo Laddaga. Based on extensive research, the film mobilizes the use of non-semantical languages. The obstruction of understandable language allowed for the actors and the director to improvise when shooting the scenes. As spoken language and text became more and more abstracted through the filming process, the actors’ physical expression became the predominant form of communication. Under these working premises, the act of filmmaking allowed for the creation of an experience of a “state of exception” comparable to a moment of social anarchy.

The Man Who Did All Things Forbidden (2014), Running Time: 40 mins.

Inspired by the novel Estrella Distante by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño, Amorales’s film explores Bolaño’s views of the Chilean avant-garde and revels in the surreal imagery and poetic rhythms of his writings.

June 11th, 2015

The Eye Me Not (2015), Running Time: 50 mins.

Through the dream of an opium addict, the final film revisits an Inuit myth in which the protagonist has become invisible to the European traders with whom he tries to trade goods. The narrative is intermixed with a rich variety of sources: paintings, costumes, and set designs by Russian Suprematist artist Kazimir Malevich; strains of pedagogical and political theory articulated by Joseph Beuys; and controversial texts by Chilean writer Manuel Serrano. The idea of collage permeates the entire project—the actors themselves used collage cutouts as props and scenic backdrops as they developed a symbolic language of their own, opening new associative and narrative possibilities.

Carlos Amorales and Dr. Josh Kun in Conversation



Carlos Amorales (b. 1970 Mexico City) explores issues of identity and cultural heritage through a practice that encompasses drawing, animation, installation, performance, digital graphics, video, and painting. In addition, Amorales is also the co-founder of Nuevos Ricos—a discographic project. Amorales’s work has been the subject of various solo shows at institutions around the world including the Tamayo Museum, Mexico City; Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome; Philadelphia Art Museum, PA; and Tate Modern, London amongst others. His work has also been included in the Shanghai, Berlin, Manifesta, Belgium, Havana, Performa, and Venice Biennials. Amorales’s work is represented in a myriad of renowned public and private collections around the world. He currently lives and works in Mexico City.

Special thanks to Magnolia de la Garza and kurimanzutto, Mexico City.

Video created by Media Art Services. Copyright 2015. The Mistake Room Inc.