Ricardo Moreno – Panic of totalitarism


Creation residencies cycle 2018.
Berlin – Germany


Residency of audiovisual creation within the framework of the Colombian film festival in Berlin in 2018 (PANORAMA COLOMBIA)
Furthermore, El Kruce, in collaboration with the Kunstrial e.V. artists association also based in Berlin, Germany, received for one month between March and April 2018 the Colombian artist Ricardo Moreno, who besides being part of Videocracy (ViR) –an artistic residency specialized in experimental audiovisual creation, established within the framework of the Colombian Film Festival of Berlin, Panorama Colombia 2018– also had the opportunity to show there his work in residency.



Resident artist: Ricardo Moreno (1984)


Master of Fine Arts of the University of Bogotá, Jorge Tadeo Lozano. Master in ArtHistory and Theory, Architecture and the City of theUniversidad Nacional de Colombia (National University of Colombia).
He has developed his career as an artist, manager and researcher in contemporary art and cinematography. His work has been exhibited in different film festivals and group exhibitions in Colombia, Mexico, Cuba and Germany.
His artistic work –which usually confronts the viewer in a sensory way, subjecting it to anesthetic processes, whether due to stimuli overload, or the absence of them– seek to reflect on the archetype of progress in contemporary societies and how it is distortedwhen put into practice in different countries and territories, generating conflicts, syncretism, appropriations and dystopias of what is believed to be, a model of developed society.



Project in residency:
Panic of Totalitarianism


Colombia is a capitalist and democratic country, however, this condition has not been reflected in the equality and mutual restriction between the branches of public power. On the contrary, since the beginning of the 21st century, a new political force has emerged that aims to establish itself as a totalitarian party headed by its idealized leader, AUV. This party called CD, through propaganda to infuse panic in society against the possible rise of another totalitarian regime invented by them, Castro-Chavismo (term that denotes the communist ideology of Cuba’s Castro and Venezuela’s Chávez), but what they really hide in their hate messages is the establishment of a right-wing totalitarianism.
The CD with a warlike character and championing the restoration of the values of the conservative society, is directed to establish a new regime and proclaim AUV as the dictator of what will be the New Totalitarian Republic of Colombia, continuing the doctrine of its founder Laureano Gómez that caused the “La Violencia” (The Violence) era.However, a citizen on foot, inspired by the brave work of Captain Berlin, decides to embody its banners of struggle and go to look for him in the city of his namesake, with the goal of learning from his wisdom and experience in the struggles against the totalitarian regimes created after the Second World War. However, time has played havoc with the ideals and forces of a hero, leaving him internal conflicts for not feeling indispensable and falling into oblivion.


Festival version
Technique: Experimental video, mono channel, 4K, color, stereo. Duration: 4 min. Year: 2018


Sample in cinemaversion
Technique: Video installation, experimental, mono channel, 4K, color, stereo. Duration: Time Loop. Dimensions: variable. Year: 2018



About Videocracy (AiR)
Program for projects and artists of video art in residency.


In tune with the Videocracy documentary made by the Italian director Erik Gandini in 2009, which analyzes the accumulation of power that television has experienced in Italy during the last three decades and the influence of these media on the behavior of the Italian population.
This residency program seeks to be a platform for artists and researchers who critically question the audiovisual medium in all its expressions of mass and local broadcasting, from television to videostreaming, the name of the residency also expresses the current democratization of the medium understanding it as increasingly active, critical and open to processes of artistic and community engagement.