Documentation of the Film installation Valerius as presented during the graduation festival of the Master of Film.
The films that compose the cinematic installation Valerius were shot in one of the isolation cells in the now abandoned Valerius Clinic in Amsterdam. The camera slowly scans the walls in search of the traces of its former use and its former users. From screen to screen, a balanced soundtrack accompanies a seamless movement.
Valerius intends to look into the mental mechanisms beyond psychiatric disorder, which are usually perceived as confusion and chaos but actually inform a new cognitive system. The project aims at translating the way such new system comes about into the very language of cinema and composition. In the films, frames and sound are subverting existing codes of cinema and composition. The audience is immersed in a landscape of images and sounds in which the relation to space and time is blurred, and new perspectives and perceptions open up. The immersive installation makes the audience feel what it means to be imprisoned, institutionalized, marked. The work is part of a series that reflect on the role of fear in our society and how it has become an internalized tool of control. Valerius was awarded the AHK prize in 2016.