Naphtha Tears is an experimental short film. A body (a girl’s, the earth’s) has disintegrated into images, been fragmented across the endless surfaces of audiovisual capitalism. Three avatars travel through copies of copies of landscapes, performing a ritual to heal the wound, to stem the flow of pixels and oil. In the associative logic of the dream, different realities bleed into one another. Ghostly paparazzi flashes, simulated myths, celebrity-saints, magic plants, and secret histories of coal and oil coagulate, contaminate each other.

Dominique De Groen graduated with this project as a master in fine arts, 2022.
The graduation projects of our students were all published on the graduation website. You’ll find everyone’s personal page there as well as the complete festival programme.