The Execution

Jeroen Van Der Stock, JP14:30

Jeroen Van der Stock (b. 1979) is a Belgian-born filmmaker who earned his Masters in Audiovisual Arts from the Luca School of Arts in Brussels. In his work he often explores ideas around rejection, dysfunctionality and abandonment. His video works have been screened at film festivals including Rotterdam, Oberhausen, RIDM, Rencontres Internationales, CPH:DOX and Jeonju. His short film Night Horse won the Grand Prize at the Image Forum Festival and was nominated for the Found Footage Award at IFFR 2019. Van der Stock is currently living and working in Kanagawa, Japan.
While a grainy mugshot image of Ivon Ray Stanley slowly appears, his executionprocessisabout to get started at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison. On a noisy tape recording Willis Marable, assistant to the warden, starts withhisreal-timeaudio testimony of the scheduled execution. The date is July 12, 1984. Usedmethodofexecution will be the electric chair. Willis is in phone contact with a bunch of Justiceofficialsfrom a room adjacent to the execution chamber and relates very meticulouslywhat he’switnessing through a one-way mirror. He clinically reports everything happeninginandaround the execution chamber. All words spoken by himself and by his fellowofficialsarecarefully recorded. The voices sound calm and dispassionate. Willis and theother officialsare all highly focused on following standard procedure manuals. In the meantime an army of painted dots is gradually occupying real estate all over IvonRayStanley his mugshot, slowly and steadily burying his face, his identity.