Family Romance or Augmented Reality
Duration: 90 minutes
Age rating: >18
In Romance Familiar, Ana Borralho & João Galante propose a reflection on the effects that recent technological devices have on their users. Allowing personalized and instant manipulation, mobile phones and laptops become the vehicles of perpetual communication fostered by selfies and messages, launched into an infinitely close and distant cloud, at the same time.
If until the 20th century audiovisual devices for popular consumption were aimed at the masses, in the new millennium the focus is given to each citizen and their idiosyncrasies, restoring their sense of identity. But the term “identity” is now synonymous with converting the body into an endless avalanche of images, which apps archive and disseminate through the cloud. This is how subjects are projected into media landscapes that, at the same time, connect and isolate them until they are consigned to a limbo where the whole notion of reality and social body implodes, until they reach the status of pure abstractions.