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Valtos or The Veil

Patrick Keiller

UK, 1987
11 minutes, B&W, Sound, 4:3
Original format: 16mm film
Available formats: 16mm / BluRay / HD Digital file / DVD

Valtos is a story told from thirty years hence, in the last moments of its narrator, who awoke one day in 1987 ‘with the knowledge that I had been duplicated during the night, and that I was an inferior replica of myself’. There follows a relentless, epic, pursuit of an absconding phantom – his ‘original’ – which ends in catastrophe at Valtos , a place at once ethereal and terrifying.

‘…a sort of molecular exchange between kinds of chaos, in the human mind and the world at large.’ – Caroline Collier, British Art Show 1990 catalogue