The Colectivo Los Ingrávidos Collection

This page serves as a guide to understanding the subcollections of Colectivo Los Ingrávidos' extensive body of work.  

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About The Colectivo Los Ingrávidos Collection

Video Data Bank is pleased to offer over 190 titles by Colectivo Los Ingrávidos. Colectivo Los Ingrávidos (Tehuacán) is a Mexican film collective founded in 2012 to dismantle the commercial and corporate audiovisual grammar and its embedded ideology. The collective is inspired by the historical avant-gardes, and their commitment to using both form and content against alienating realities. 

The Collective’s work features an assortment of visual styles and formats, and combines analog and digital mediums to produce compelling images and soundtracks. Much of their work disrupts historical narratives and addresses political action, including decolonization and social protest; their films reexamine collective memories and histories of patriarchal and capitalist regimes. Other themes such as Mesoamerican religious subject matter, philosophical meditations, and observations of the natural world, are woven throughout their films.

 

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos Subcollections

The Collective has provided a conceptual grouping of their films and videos as an entry point for new audiences. Some groupings are works that are in direct communication with one another such as The Sun Quartet and The Batalla Trilogy. Others fall more loosely into groupings of similar ideas, or as philosophical and audiovisual explorations. These subcollections are provided in the following listings:

 

The Sun Quartet

The Sun Quartet is a solar composition in four movements, a political composition in four natural elements, an audiovisual composition in four bodily mutations: a sun stone where youth blooms in protest, a river overflowing the streets, the burning plain rising in the city. And, finally, the clamor of the people that shook Mexico after the night of September 26, 2014. The disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa opened a breach in the Mexican political body.

The Sun Quartet is available as a compilation or as individual titles. 

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Shamanic Materialism & Aesthetic Of Trance 

Works in this subcollection explore Mesoamerican rituals and beliefs in relationship to the natural world.

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Political Cinema 

These works are concerned with recent political events and resistance in Mexico, including the student massacre at the Plaza de las Tres Culturas en Tlatelolco before the 1968 Olympic Games, and the International Women’s Day March in 2017. 

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Paraconsistent Sequences & Undecidable Sequences 

“A paraconsistent logic allows inconsistency without absurdity.” The works in this subcollection contain contradictions of time and place, reorganizations of past, present and future.

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Hauntology Film Archives

Ghostly and abstracted representations of political and physical landscapes.

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Agitprop 

The art of political propaganda.

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Rituals

The works in this subcollection explore the rituals inherent to life, evolution, decay, death, and rebirth.

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Colonial Transfer

The Capitalocene and its history of violence, conquest, destruction, and industrialization inform this subcollection.

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The Batalla Trilogy

Homages to the resistance of the body and of the earth, fighting against power.

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Moons

A subcollection of works that conjure the mythical presence of the Aztec lunar goddess Coyolxauhqui through rhythm and cyclical dance.

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Color Fields

Hypnotic color patterns and resonant sounds that evoke transcendental experiences.

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The 1990's The New Diagram System (Agitprop)

The audiovisual legacy of the 1990s, the decade that saw the ossification of the neoliberal project, the rise of third-wave feminism, the proliferation of digital media, and even, perhaps, the “end of history": postmodernism; the emergence of internet; the commercialization of gangsta rap, and independent film; AIDS activist; digital cinema; the Gulf War; rave and riot grrrl cultures; reality television; MTV. 

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Make The Rich Pay For Covid 19 (Agitprop)

This is our proposal: Make the rich pay for Covid-19. 

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They Live

"As a foulness shall ye know Them. Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not; and Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold." -H.P. Lovecraft

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Triptychs

The triptychs evoke the ritualism of Aztec cosmology, and this experience recalls lumbreras – circular excavation holes in archeological sites. Through the obsidian glass we glimpse the celestial dance of the suns and moons as well as the agitation of the countryside and the outburst of the landscape, but it is also the look that the dark obsidian mirror returns to us.

Colectivo Los Ingrávidos Triptychs