The Promise of Modernity
The TITANIC Panorama is less about the actual disaster in 1912, and more about the way the destruction of the passenger ship represents the hubris of man, who has been deluding himself into believing he can conquer nature from the beginning of time.
Visitors find themselves some 3,800 m below the surface of the water. Diffuse, artistic lighting allows guests to explore the tragic extent of the disaster in a large-scale circular image. The two parts of the devastated wreck can be recognised, as well as many individual daily items, technical equipment and luggage strewn about. The atmospheric sounds composed by Eric Babak for the exhibition heighten the impressions of guests in the contemplative space.
Asisi uses the Panorama to stimulate a sense of fascination for the grand feat of engineering that gave way to the British liner, while also questioning our ability to ever truly overcome nature. The display of the destroyed wreckage in the depths of the Atlantic also reflects on the fleeting nature of human existence and accomplishments. Thousands of tons of steel corrode on the sea floor and the once splendid furnishings and technical equipment of the approx. 40,000 tonne passenger ship resemble an expanse of ruins being slowly reclaimed by nature.
2017 – 2019 in Leipzig
2019 – 2020 in Rouen (F)
Since the pilot project, the panorama EVEREST, Yadegar Asisi has been working with the composer Eric Babak. The pianist and composer, born in Brussels and now living in London, started playing piano at the tender age of five years. Today, he is one of the most played composers in Europe. He has composed the music especially and exclusively for all the previous Asisi panoramas.
A major integral part of Eric Babak's work consists of harmonising the music in situ in the large Panorama room with the 360° image and the lighting in its day/night rhythm. For the general musical theme Babak develops for the panorama, individual scenes from the image are musically highlighted and acoustically assigned to the corresponding positions in the image. The productions with big orchestras and choirs in combination with everyday noises all enable the special atmosphere of the individual topic with its constant changes to be heard and experienced.