Trial Run for a Thriller is a playful parody of the wide-ranging thriller genre. At the core of this locational work is the notion of place and our physical and psychological relation to it.

For two weeks TeTo Projects' rooms are turned into a haunted house where ghosts can be heard and glimpsed.
In the chill ambience of the cavernous space an unassuming monitor sits on a plinth. Under the tv set a live infrared camera scans and picks up whatever activity may be taking place within its scope of surveillance. Henrique César uses monitoring techniques in order to make manifest the mental and emotional states inhabiting specific locations.

The infrared video camera shows you hot and cold. It assigns black to the coolest temperatures in an image, white to the hottest, and graduating shades of gray in between. 

As soon as the visitor steps in the closed-circuit installation they are broadcasted as zombi-like. On the screen their eyes appear as fluorescent as those reflective dots hanging from the ceiling and fixed on the back wall. Within the monitor box our bright eyes float supernaturally, indiscernible from all the luminous piercing pairs of dots. The tv device also functions as an aural object that emits a mutant sonic wave due to the camera's censor sensibility to body temperature and movement.

Immersed in a poltergeistian atmosphere one is mesmerized by the uncanny feeling of psychasthenia. In his essay "Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia" the surrealist author Roger Caillois points to a disruption in the relationship between personality and environment which leads to a process of depersonalization by assimilation to space.

Waking further we end up in the next room where a dramatic light is employed. Here the ceiling's lamp flutters rapidly and a saturated red light leaks through the slits between the bare floorboards conjuring a spectral air. The closer one comes to the glowing spots the more audible is the improvised dialogue between two ghosts. The visitor is put in a state of constant expectation and quiet suspense.

Articulated as interventions of apparent and hidden architectural elements César's actions simultaneously activate and destabilize the given surrounding. Trial Run for a Thriller is a interactive montage in the way the audible, visual and physical effects are generated from the conditions of the site and in the relation to the presence of the public.