The video Veritas Curat was envisaged for an installation which encouraged the visitor to contemplate the multiple sensations of being a hospital patient and the enlightening experience of transcending the hospital ambient within the context of Contemporary Art.
A real hospital bed would be surrounded by conventional hospital curtains, some of which would be taut, and onto which the video art would be projected. The projectors would be out of view and outside of the space, projecting an image filmed in high-definition by three cameras simultaneously. The spectator would be invited to interact with the space by lying or sitting on the bed, and to be further immersed in the hallucinatory experience of a hospital ambient from the speakers placed under the bed. Real audio recorded within a hospital is mixed with healing frequencies, the sounds of nature and of singing, to create a sense of escapism and multiple dimensions within time and space.
The collaborating artists Natasha Hall and Abraham Calero were selected to participate in a programme of professional creative development called ´Les Cliniques´ (The Clinics) by the director Nekane Aramburu of the Es Baluard Museum of Contemporary Art in Mallorca, Palma.
The hospital environment and the use of real medical professionals situate the spectator in the moment of an event. It questions the nature of the doctor/patient relationship, the objective truth of a diagnosis, the role of the doctor to empower the patient to make informed decisions about treatment options and the concept of a cure. Everyone at some time has been, or will be a patient, and therefore this installation references the truth of this unifying experience for the contemplation of the human condition.
The two scenes in nature represent escapism from reality, memories, dreams and essentially transcending a hospital experience. The continuity of life is reflected in the continuous loop of the video and the fluidity of the images chosen, which facilitate the spectator to enter and grasp the meaning of the installation at any moment. The bedside manner of the doctor and nurse spontaneously changed within the different scenes, so that they were markedly more relaxed within a natural context, potentially transmitting compassion and healing energy to the virtual patient.
The Church scene essentially connects with the reality of life and the importance of living in the moment. The choir sing “Ave Verum” by Mozart, which was inspired by a Eucharistic hymn from a thousand years ago and ‘Verum’ translates as truth. The choir were visibly overwhelmed with emotions whilst participating in the filming process, and completely embraced the concept of visualising a virtual patient as a family member on the brink of life and death.
The interdisciplinary collaboration was made possible with the assistance of the composer Daniel Alzamora-Dickin, the Plastic Surgeon Dr Roca, the University Hospital of Son Espaces, the children (Kiran and Innes Truyol Hall & Arnau, Albert y Pau Mayol Cursach) and the Orfeo Artanec choir of Artá who participated in the video (Karina Arel, Victória Serra Ferragut, Esther Martinez Morao, Ricard Lopez. Climent Obrador, Maria Biela Ginard, Francesca Server Pascual, Antoni Estera Roselló, Francisco Ginard, Antoni Serra Gelabet, Maria del Pilar Lucas, Carme Cobo Sureda, Joana de Massanet Ferrer, Rosa Maria Julità, Catalina Fernández, Antonía Ferragut, Isabel Ginard, Balbina F dil Fuster , Esperanca Morey, Antonia Obrador, Antonia Obrador Álzina)