NERVUS RERUM - THE OTOLITH GROUP / BEIRUT
- NERVUS RERUM
Commissioned By Homeworks IV and The British Council Beirut
The film might be understood as an encounter with the scarred topography of Jenin refugee camp in Palestine, in which the camp is revealed as a protagonist in a non-narrative of architectural exhaustion.
The film is structured as a series of cul de sacs: the camera navigates the pathways of Jenin, only to find itself trapped at a conclusion of non conclusion, a dead end. At which point, the camera returns to its starting point in order to begin again, to take a different route, that nonetheless concludes, again, at a dead end.
These routes to nowhere are repeated and each time a different route ends up at a different dead end. Each route through Jenin is filmed with a steadicam that imbues the mobile image with a paradoxical quality of floating weight and light gravity.
The result is that all movements through the topography of the camp are endowed with a specific autonomy; the images seem to travel towards the viewer; they approache the audience and inspect the viewer with an air of disquiet, wariness and caution.
This activation of the image by the steadicam is paralleled by a selected sequences of texts that do not function as commentary nor as guide. Instead, there is a movement through a labyrinth of text that operates as an autonomous zone of audibility that periodically grazes the world of the visible.