A quiet sunset gets interrupted by a couple of mosquitoes and a voice recording of a man listing the side effects of an infamous malaria medicine.
Lake Laram is an experimental short that illustrates how a tranquil image is not necessarily as peaceful and relaxing as it seems to be. Just like with any other image, you never know what’s hiding behind the facade.
In Lake Laram a magnificent sunset that I recorded as smooth as possible while trying to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes is juxtaposed with a long list of side effects of a medicine I had to take after getting diagnosed with malaria. As the sun sets deeper behind the horizon the whole experience gets a bit more fuzzy and confusing. Lake Laram is an abstraction of an autobiographical experience.
Most of my work stems from a fascination with the abandoned, the rejected and the dysfunctional varying from abandoned buildings (Silent Visitors), unwanted pets (Dream Box), a condemned inmate (The Execution), malfunctioning surveillance camera footage (Night Horse) to film waste (Stone) and medical side effects (Lake Laram).
A Misantropoville production
by Jeroen Van der Stock
digital video, colour, 2021, 5'
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