IMAGES FOR MARS II (video still 01) © 2019 KARL VAN WELDEN
IMAGES FOR MARS II (video still 04) © 2019 KARL VAN WELDEN
IMAGES FOR MARS II (video still 09) © 2019 KARL VAN WELDEN

video, 28'37'', life-sized projection

In this video work Karl Van Welden investigates the effect of a disaster on the human body. People in a state of carelessness until a dark ash rain falls upon them, turning their idyll into a catastrophe. Or how a blissful moment becomes a scene of charred bodies on a patch of scorched earth.

The choreography and movements are inspired by archaeological finds from Pompeii and Herculaneum, which literally show the positions of bodies at the moment of a catastrophe. After the eruption of the Vesuvius volcano, its victims were enclosed by ashes. In time, the bodies disintegrated while the ash surrounding them solidified, creating cavities. Italian archaeologist Giuseppe Fiorelli filled these cavities with plaster, creating a very precise image of the victims of this natural disaster. They remind us of the marble figures on medieval tombs. Sleeping beauties and tormented bodies, which reflect the Eros and the Thanatos of our relationship with the end.

Concept | Direction: Karl Van Welden - Director of photography: Tom Callemin - Dramaturgy: Bart Capelle | Isabelle Stockmans - Performers: Stefaan Claeys | Siet Raeymaekers | Steve Salambier - Machinery: Maarten De Vrieze - Production: wpZimmer - Coproduction: Concertgebouw Brugge | C-TAKT | Workspacebrussels - Supported by: Internationaal Kortfilmfestival Leuven | Scenaristengilde | Eye Lite