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Passagen is a spacial installation, to which I prefer to refer to as a scenography, that perfectly illustrates the wandering in thoughts. This resembles on one side the late 17th century gallows, as they were build in the Netherlands, on the other side a Mihashira torii as build by the first Christianized Japanese. Both these structures exist out of three pillars, placed on equal distance from each other in a triangle, one connected to the next with two crossbars at the top.
The Dutch started to build these version of monumental gallows in there golden age after several epidemics of deceases, because they were more easily to maintain. The three-legged-torii was a continuation of the two-legged-torii which were the gates to a sacred place for the shinto (the original religion in japan). The three legs symbolizing the holy trinity.
The interesting part about the torii is that it is a gate, though one with a zone inside the gate itself. You actually can be inside the gate, in between the triangular space between the pillars and that when you are there that there are three possible exists. Where are you when you are inside the gate, right before you exit and which of them will you take. Is a gallows nothing more then a gate, a gate to the other world? An arbitrary triangular structure that divides, as a prism that breaks up the white light in it’s building elements.
This scenography only has been build inside as a full scale model, testing these ideas, though this should be builded outside. Placed on a path in a park or any other passage way, as an alien, bizarre structure, with one of the three legs in the middle of that passage way so people have to choose left or right of it.
Concept & development: Hans Van Wambeke
In collaboration with: apass (Brussels), workspacebrussels (Brussels), kunstenwerkplaats nadine (Brussels)