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A healthy exercise in madness

In my recent films I have been climbing into the skin of a fictional character, called the Mechanic. As this character, I put myself in absurdist scenarios, in which I have to overcome a self-imposed obstacle by using makeshift sculptures from my studio. In Playing murdered innocence, the Mechanic’s wish is to achieve happiness, and the obstacle is his refusal to follow the beaten path in order to gain it. Instead, he tries to abuse the power of everyday superstition so he can strong-arm life into giving him some hard earned happiness. He is confident his unhinged contraptions will get the job done, but he soon finds himself in a cat-and-mouse game from which both parties want to emerge as victor. As part of the video installation, the soundtrack is performed live by a group of musicians; Annabel Schouten on violin, Jonas Kroese on drums, and Chad Thépass and Daan Mulder as multi-instrumentalists.