Transversal Scepters | The Antecedents

Video Art made from Architectural Animation composite, 6min41, 2017.

This video is about one of the world’s first prisons and subsequently, one of the first documented prison uprisings. It takes the blueprints of the destroyed original Tuchthuis (House of Corrections) of Haarlem from 1603 and re-animates them accurately in design using an architectural animation software, while adapting them by using the images of tapestry textures as their walls.

In the first institutional prisons, the economic model was such that the prisoner had to pay for their punishment and were forced to work in the booming 17th century textile industry of Haarlem and North Holland.

The actors and consultants in the film are part of the organization Young in Prison. They are people who have graduated from YiP’s mentorship program for formerly incarcerated youth. YiP is an international NGO that enables children and young people in conflict with the law to contribute positively to society through creative and sports development programmes, in prison and after release. During a two-day workshop and film shoot, we recreated scenes from the archive of the first documented prison uprising in the Netherlands in 1613 and explored the story from their present perspective.

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Transversal Scepters – The Antecedents
Film Installation as part of Haarlemselente

Transversal Scepters – The Antecedents
Film Installation as part of Haarlemselente