Inspired by Franz Kafka’s novel The Castle, this installation transports the viewer into a sort of visual maze through a series of projected images, such as architectural blueprints and network topologies. These projected images depict public spaces—cathedrals, auditoriums, prisons, palaces and so on—that are abstractly superimposed one on another, creating a hybrid and constantly changing space. Each animated sequence also triggers an audio fragment, taken from real archive recordings, thus creating a non-linear narrative thread that comes together only to unravel again.

Just as in the novel, the castle motif in Cliche’s work remains elusive since it is only ever seen through partial, subjective reflections. Relying on the plurality of viewpoints, the narrative demonstrates the complexity of human relationships and how each person’s motives affect their perception, an aspect Cliche uses as both a metaphor and the work’s structure.

The inhabited quality of the installation’s soundtrack contrasts with the cold lines of the architectural plans, which are drawn out in front of our very eyes. The time between these two representations belong wholly to the viewer, who forges causal, semantic and narrative relationships with it.

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