Different from most exhibitions, this display of 16 video screens and photographs based on Cervantes’ 17th century novel Don Quijote aims to invite you to enter the fictional world of the novel. With benches to sit down on, you can look as long as you like, and feel affected by what you see and hear.
These are situations of trauma, pointlessness, alienation, intolerance and difficulties of communication. The form of the exhibition matches the poetics of the novel. There is no linearity, neither chronological nor spatial. The screens each present an episode from the novel as it pertains to the contemporary world, without continuity among them.
This lack of imposed order leaves visitors in charge of composing their own stories. The visual chaos, sonic cacophony, and linguistic confusion reflect the contemporary world. Try to experience this display, where you are also on the stage, as roaming around in a strange city.
A film project by Mieke Bal
Cinematography w/ Jonas Valthersson
More info: www.miekebal.org