Marissa Viani Serrano: Lunaticus, installation view, 2012
Marissa Viani Serrano: Lunaticus, film still, 2012
Lunaticus is an audio visual installation in which Viani explores the concept of the divine disease with the technical and formal resources of digital video and experimental film. In the Middle Ages, the divine disease was known as a form of neurological or psychiatric disorder and took its name from certain symptoms that the patients suffered in a state of crisis. These symptoms were associated with involuntary body movement, heightened sensitivity and clarity of thought. Together they caused a state of altered reality in the perception of the patient that led him to a mystical or divine experience. Lunaticus focuses on recreating this type of sacred approach with a stylized montage of original and processed images and sounds.