Ser-Tiempo (Being-time) is an in-depth portrait of Uji; an artist in search of altered states of being, a musician who has delved both into the ritualism of indigenous cultures and the intricacies of electronic music. This “artist manifesto” directed by Carlos Rivero, brings the viewer into Uji’s world; his research and travels throughout Latin America, his exploration into the roots of culture, and his fascination with sound. In the film he shows us that by celebrating tradition and diversity through music, we are able to both recognize where we come from and influence where we are going.
Inspired by the Japanese Buddhist concept which gives Uji his name, often translated as being-time, the film portrays Uji's perspective of using music as a portal to modify time. By being-time, we embrace that we in fact are time itself, by bringing together past, present and future into one “presence”, we re-write our reality and define our future.
Cinematography by Vincent Moon & Carlos Rivero
Produced by Dana Natera & Carlos Rivero
Supported by ZZK Records
Edited by Carlos Rivero
Script by Dana Natera & Mariano Gorostiaga
Camera Operators l Ramiro Mordcovich, Vincent Moon, Carlos Rivero, David Leon, Kilian Coronel
Music & Sound Design by UJI
Mixing Engineers l Andres Velasquez & Uji
Graphics by David Leon
Ilustration by Pedro Zoz
Additional Footage by Ramiro Mordcovich, UJI, Elisa Giorgi, Mutek Argentina, We Must, Hermanos Puenzo, Cedric Laurenty, Miracol Media, Luis Delgado, Julián Jimenez, Juli Borrell, & Lulacruza