Feature: To You, My Immortal Flame
ONLY AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON VOD, 19 – 21 NOVEMBER 2021
TO YOU, MY IMMORTAL FLAME I USA, 52:28 I Director: David Torres II I Art & Experimental 15 I WEBSITE
Deep in the clouds of planet Runetech an army of machines search for the Eternal Flame. Lead by Solabot, one of the few survivors of the “calamity”, their search for the flame takes them to the sky islands of Zahano. As Solabot approaches Zahano and the sun begins to set, Tian a lone Sunkeeper sits by the campfire, reminiscing on the last moments he saw his child. Harboring feelings of guilt and haunted by visions of his former family, Tian awaits the dawn, unaware of the “reunion” that is to come.
David Torres’ films feature masked (and unmasked) heroes and villains playing out roles navigating a fantastical lore of the artist’s devising.Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York
Born in West Palm Beach, FL, David Torres is interested in the history of stories where the unseen forces of morality are at work. The PTSD factor embedded in culture has drawn David’s work to the idea of the “hero” as an empathic ideal for people to aspire to. David Torres is also interested in the illusion and delusional discussions that surround the complexities of the racial, sexual, religious, aging; old and young identities in culture. As a way of investigating these identities David Torres created “Riakman”, an alter ego, designed under the influences of 1990’s anime, video games, and his father’s middle school drawings. By channeling “Riakman”, David find pathways through high art and popular culture. Through Riakman, David tells stories within his fictional planet “Runetech” about a way of being in the world. Exploring a narrative with an embedded nostalgia for the future is the illusion David Torres uses to contend with the disillusions that exist within culture.
Total Streaming Time: 52:28. Please note, some content may be unsuitable for children under 15 years of age. VIMEO links will go live from 12am ET (Eastern Time) on the 19th November 2021.