El Cóndor pasa,
Single channel video
For “The Condor passes by” - in Spanish "El Condor Pasa," the artist purchased a car: the mythical Condor GT (1981). This emblematic model fabricated in fiberglass during the transition from a military dictatorship to the restoration of democracy in Ecuador, is also part of the last days of the so-called "oil boom" in the country and the main focus of the proposal.
Balseca recalls the nostalgic story of one of the last "national" cars and pays a posthumous tribute to that period of the local industry. The video shows us the last moments of the car before taking his "last flight", when it is dropped from the top of a hill in the surroundings of the Mount Catequilla.
At the boundary of non-fiction film and documentary aesthetics, the proposal is an invitation to the viewer to rethink the anachronisms of modernity in Ecuador, and the implications of an economic model heavily based on oil and automotive industries.
The video lights on a failed "change of productive matrix," meanwhile points out the environmental impact that has taken place in recent years around the "Middle of the World City". Understanding this tourist site as a territory of symbolic meaning related to the imagination of the Nation, the passing of the Condor by these places reveal and alert us about the presence of large road projects as well as about the impacts of large-scale illegal mining, which have modified completely the natural landscape.