Commissioned by Paranoia TV, we shot 3 episodes of a TV-series in the set of Apparitions (the show) – which was stored away in its cases due to the pandemic. The endeavour was a genuine blitz-operation: in no more than 2 weeks time we went from scenario-writing to final edit.
I took the opportunity to delve a bit deeper into a long-lasting fascination with some so-called ‘identity-disorders’ such as the Fregoli Syndrome, the Doubles Delusion or the Cotard Syndrome. Every episode focuses on a particular neurological disorder, and uses the set and the illusions it provokes to draw a precise, albeit abstract picture of the inner workings of these conditions.
"Most directly dealing with this festival edition’s tagline is Belgian artist and performer Diederik Peeters. His Dr. Delusion Show consists of three videos, in each of which he is presenting curious pathological cases: the Cotard’s or “walking corpse” delusion, the Doppelgänger syndrome and the rare Frégoli disorder. There is something comically awkward about his show, with the use of puppets and Peeters’s rhetorics only adding to the uncanniness of it all. Surreal, eery and morbid visions (...)" - Pieter Vermeulen in Hart, 16/10/2020