Concept and performance
Atlas is an odyssey in a modern landscape. Influenced by the work of the architect Rem Koolhaas and urban planner Kevin Lynch, the visual artist Belinda Annaloro deals with the mental representation of our environment: how do we take our bearings in a given space, and how do we inhabit it? The show’s title refers to one of the many tools used to represent daily life and to move around in it: maps, globes, models, Playmobil® houses, raised relief-maps, 18th century military documents… The concept of the show Atlas is to build a raised relief-map in real time, while a story is being told – a travelogue reconstructing memories of landscapes with the aid of toys, miniatures and 3D printed figurines. Cameras are mounted in the set and film these objects to evoke a montage of iconic tourist sites – Saint Michael’s Mount, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the old city of Fez with its indecipherable medina; as well as uncivilized places like volcanoes, polders or slag heaps. The show plays with the question of scale, with the gap between reality and representation that we make of landscapes. Although based on the reconstitution of real places, it takes the viewer into an increasingly fantastical and poetic world. And what if the real goal of the journey was introspection? A “return to self” to use a term of Gilles A. Tiberghien.