Sal Paradise

HD Video, 20’00”, 2012

In his 1949 sci-fi novel, Walden Two, behavioral psychologist B. F. Skinner, narrates the story of his alter ego Professor Bur­ris visiting the fictive commune Walden Two. This commune became the model for several actual communal projects in the Nineteen-Seventies, one of which was Los Horcones in the Mexican Desert. Los Horcones is in Sal Paradise revisited 40 years later. In Jack Kerouac’s novel, On The Road, his alter ego Sal Paradise falls asleep on the roof of his car some­where in the Mexican jungle. This character is in Sal Paradise reanimated in Mexico City year 2011, as a precarious day-worker, selling CD’s in the metro and painting ‘rotulos’ bill­boards in the street. Again Sal Paradise falls asleep on the roof of his car, this time in the streets of the lower-class neigh­borhood Santa María la Ribera. On Plaza de las Tres Cul­turas, leaning against the stele commemorating the victims of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre, Carlos Maciel Beltràn narrates the story of his alleged death in the brutal attack on protest­ing students. Sal Paradise interweaves these narratives of alternative communities and collective memory in a cinematic landscape caught in-between fiction and documentary.


Sal Paradise: Daniel Aguilar


Assistant Director: Federico Martinez Montoya


A Very Special Thanks to: Carlos Maciel Beltràn, All the Lovely People at Los Horcones, The Fabulous Banda del Guerra, The Rotulos Painters Diego Enrique Galicia and Enrique Perez

Also a Special Thanks to: Ana María Sánchez and all of the SOMA Crew

Thanks to: Tina Helen, Daniel Monroy Cuevas, Cristobal Gracia, Gonzalo Alvarez, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, The Kind Residents of Santa María la Ribera and The Very Nice People of Mexico City


Sal Paradise Was Produced With Support From: SOMA, PAC - Patronato De Arte Contemporáneo And The Danish Art Council