Heavens Gate (Pre-Version)
Computergraphic/photo installation


The technological and formal organisation of this work is similar to The Narrative Landscape. Computer graphic images are projected onto a screen above the viewers' heads and one person uses a joystick to control thier movements through that virtual space of imagery. The screen is protected from ambient light by a blue fabric canopy under which the viewers stand.

Most of the imagery in this work is derived from photographic or pictorial sources that has been digitally manipulated and then arranged in navigable layers. The viewer can interactively pan and zoom into details and from one level to another. Another important visual component of this work evokes the traditional Baroque space of angelic forms. In Heavens Gate such figures were created by slow-scan video recordings of two naked dancers, filmed from below while hanging from swings. The extended time base of these recordings cause unusual distentions and deformations of the dancers bodies, creating a uniquely new iconography of the human figure suspended equivocally in space.


1986: Image and Sound Festival, Haags Filmhuis, The Hague, Netherlands.

1987: Stipendia 85-86, Y-Tech, Amsterdam, Netherlands; PC RAI, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Related works:

Heavens Gate (Anamorphic Version)

Heavens Gate