Panorama is a modern day version of the traditional painted panorama. The idea started out from the fact that the panorama is one of the predecessors of film. It was a place where people could go and get lost in a different world. It is also commonly thought that cinema meant the death of the panorama. Because the exhibition was in The Hague, home of the famous Panorama Mesdag, that I thought it appropriate to revive the panorama for this occasion.
The work consists of an assymmetrically shaped wall that leaves an opening for entry. All along the length of the wall we find a large digital print of a surreal landscape with oddly sized actresses who act out poses from fifties horror films. As you look around the shadows change with the location they're in. On top of the construction three large and very bright lamps are placed that blind you immediately when you enter the installation. They directly confront the visitor with their presence in this piece while creating large looming shadows on the walls. It is an installation about fear, about the society of fear where the threats are largely in our minds. The fifties style 'fear' is very much unreal to us now as it is so obviously over the top and dated.