HOLIDAYLAND, 2021, Artwork
Tourism has made its business to transform landscapes and cultures worldwide into objects of leisure consumption. In the process, the things that are bought on journeys are, next to photography, the most important means of capturing what it is like to be there, of lending permanence to the fleeting nature of a journey. The souvenir, the object-like and superficial memory of a foreign place (fr. se souvenir = to remember), can serve as an example of how today's globalised people appropriates their environment and consumes holiday landscapes.
The expansive installation HOLIDAYLAND – A COMMENTARY ON THE END OF THE SUBLIME presents itself as a souvenir shop whose souvenirs allude to the sell-out of the earth. It is pool-blue – the artificial backdrop of a summer 'Holidayland'. Part of it is also an ever-narrowing beach lounger with a parasol (tourists only). From there, the infinite sunset is served on a serving trolley (en. phrase infinitiy sunset = the infinite end).
Steel Installation, Glas, Polystyrol, PLA, CGI-Video, 60 Frames (30 fps)
Photos by Jan Hellerung