"Fragments of a strategy"
video installation, 2018-2020
Jonas Vansteenkiste’s video work is part of a larger project that explores Disneyland as a functioning scripted space. Adventure/Fantasyland presents the first note on this exploration of liminality in the theme park space. In anthropology, liminality (from the Latin word limen meaning “a threshold”), is the quality of ambiguity or disorientation that occurs in the middle stage of rites, when participants no longer hold their pre-ritual status but have not yet begun the transition to the status they will hold when the rite is complete. During a rite’s liminal stage, participants “stand at the threshold” between their previous way of structuring and a new one.
Adventure/Fantasyland proposes Disneyland and theme park spaces as liminal, requiring a rite to enter, where conditions are different and one has passed a threshold to enter. The script of the theme park space is designed and constructed to make participants cross physically and mentally into several worlds, states of mind and even emotions. The theme park imposes an alternate reality that activates real emotions and experiences.
The video's present two moving images from the theme park at different sites. The juxtaposing images reflect on adventure and artificial landscape, fantasy and narrative. It investigates the thresholds between these spaces as a new image is proposed that is simultaneously familiar and uncanny.
special thx to Elle Van Uden & Noel Kelly
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