Interactive video installation, 2014-2016
Acting: Heike Langsdorf, Maria Decorte, Alexander Baervoets, Reggy Timmermans, Julia Nitsberg, Helena Dietrich, Michael Buckley, Sue McCanley, Gregory Edelein, Bram Baloo, Celine Laloire, Ann Goovaerts, Loes Jacobs, Shelbatra Jashari
Soundtrack composer: Guy de Bievre; Construction: Peter Maschke; Programmimg: Yacine Sebti; first version programming: Bart Vandeput
the Vlaamse Overheid, VGC, Adem vzw, Netwerk, iMAL, Nadine vzw - www.nadine.be, Apass - www.apass.be, Adem vzw
Panorama is a new project in which the spectators can interact with the work in the immersive ambient environment. Exploiting the technology of 360-degree projection developed in the 50s, the artist sets out to utilize aspects of the surrounding environment as a vehicle for impacting on the audience both mentally and physically: the movements of the characters are designed to trigger the movement of the audience. The artist uses modern technology to explore the complexity of common behavioral patterns as well as the public’s “iconophilia”, or constant manic love for images.
3 video projectors fixed on a cyclorama side
The linear cinematic narrative spread across the circumference of the screen destroys the limits of cinematic perception and experience, and integrates the spectator into the work. Unlike traditional cinema, in which the interaction of the static spectator is merely a mental event, the interactivity in Panorama allows various types of physical navigation or assembly that go far beyond the purely psychological. Through a coordinated juxtaposition in the montage artist skillfully manipulates his captivated spectators into performing a continuous ‘common movement’, rotating slowly to follow the actor. But the characters’ disappearance provokes disorder in the coagulated audience as the viewers, intrigued and confused, begin to turn around chaotically in search of the diaphanous figures. The idea of a participatory audience is thus stretched further as both the actors and the audience perform.