The Cloven Viscount

The video has been inspired by the novel “The Cloven Viscount” by Italo Calvino.

The story “The Cloven Viscount” begins with a desolate landscape and a war scene. These two images are found in the video in a walk among rocks, dirt and fragments of sculptures, accompanied by the hum of insects. The invisible walker stops at a human head sculpture, which is unexpectedly split in two. From the two halves of the head sprout two wings, one of a devil and the other one of an angel, flying along a road that seems endless. In the black furrow that divides the head appears a red thread. At that point, the artist’s hands intervene: with needle and thread they reconnect the two halves.

title: The Cloven Viscount
technique: Experimental video and animation
length: 3’46”
year: 2013
© Maria Korporal

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