Featuring new video work MOUTHLESS (2020)
MOUTHLESS (2020) presents a fragmented folk horror narrative that explores history, ritual, myth, and the relationship between humans and nature, using witchcraft as a transhistorical and transcultural signifier. Based on historical events and mythic tales, the duo intertwine references of witch trials in and around the Fribourg area, Eastern European folklore, magical rites, and contemporary healing practices. In MOUTHLESS (2020), the artists’ combine footage of performers collectively reading texts with animations of morphing organic shapes and landscapes, and scenes shot in the forest. The video can be considered a ritualistic chant or call to communicate with the deceased and the harmed whether they are human, animal, or tree. The video is accompanied by an olfactory installation that simulates the smell of wet soil, triggering a partly unconscious, visceral experience in the body.