PANORAMA 7: THE SUPERNATURAL
— 1 March 2007
Location: Centraal Museum
Black magic from the barren North, Michael Jackson in a pseudo-religious state, the absent Divine and parallel worlds overtaking reality. Indeed: “It’s life, but not as we know it.”
Bush Ghost, Seth Scriver
(Canada 2005, 1:06 min)
The Bush ghost is the telling of a story by my brother Peter Scriver, about the time he met a ghost while out in the (northern Manitoba) bush.
The End of Black Magic, Seth Scriver
(Canada 2005, 10:47 min)
The End of Black Magic is a story my brother, Peter Scriver told me, about why people generally aren’t practicing traditional religion up in his northern Manitoba community anymore.
Michael Jacksons Five, Ola Vasiljeva
(The Netherlands 2006, 15:35 min)
‘Michael Jacksons Five’ is a sequence of evocatively distorted narratives. Ola places her main character – Michael Jackson – in a slightly askew, pseudo-religious sphere. Floating through the enigmatic and endlessly magical properties of his surrounding, Michael Jackson is centered as a divine figure, his image heavily loaded with mystical ornaments, geometry and sacred signs.
Interstellar Stella, Al + Al
(United Kingdom 2006, 12:21 min)
A child model is growing up inside a labyrinth formed from her advertising pictures. In this sumptuous but enigmatic and twisted drama we follow a photographer as he travels through the lens to do battle in a world of perfect illusions.
Rock, Kurt D’ Haeseleer
(Belgium 2007, 7:00 min)
In a mysterious digital universe, corpses are floating in the water, while epic noise pins people to a web of dewdrops. A hostile nature infected by pixels takes center stage in this metaphysical video clip, while ruthlessly swallowing down individuals and spewing them back in a parallel world in which the boundaries between natural and artificial can no longer be traced.
The Box, Richard Fenwick
(United Kingdom 2006, 8:00 min)
Utilizing a conventional form of storytelling (i.e. the thriller genre) The Box highlights the power of television to capture a viewer’s attention
and seduce them within the confines of a fabricated story. Yet it is this very powerful form of seduction that The Box is serving to highlight: the central character in The Box is disengaged with her own reality and only becomes animated when confronted with ‘television’. The fact that the television image asks her to confront her own reality is a device intended to create an interesting debate – has television, for many, become a more legitimate way to experience life? And what does that signify in today’s society?
Gospels, Erik Bünger
(Germany 2006, 22:30 min)
After a long and painful research a picture started to emerge. Going through tons of archives I stumbled upon more and more interview clips where there seemed to be a lack of clarity as to whom the person on camera was actually referring to. Yet they all spoke of Him. Sometimes the reports on Him seemed to reinforce each other and sometimes they seemed to contradict each other. Nevertheless there was something in the tone of their voices and in the way they moved their heads that made me sense some sort of coherence in their experience. Sometimes I felt I caught a glimpse of a silhouette reflected in their eyes.