Werner Engelen

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Theme park

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It took some time, but here it is, my latest project: theme park.

Project statement:

“In today’s society we all play different roles; at home, at work, even between friends and so on. Surely one of those places where some of the more extreme roles come together is within the surroundings of a theme park. On the one hand there are the visitors having the time of their life, feeling on top of the world and on the other hand park employees, typically serving the visitors with a welcoming smile.

Underneath the surface however, the mind of the park employees might be in a completely different place even though physically they are still present within the boundaries of their attractions. This is not only true for the people working there, but also for all theme park attractions. Isolating the attraction from its players offers the opportunity to look beneath its surface, where we will also notice that the same attraction is now capable of showing its real nature by losing its intended function.

This project is a study about what happens when ‘amusement’ is stripped from ‘park’, visualizing the thin line in terms of persons and objects between the perceived role and the actual being, between the artificial and constructed reality.”

Open to all your feedback.

Written by wernerengelen

March 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Posted in portfolio

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  1. Knappe reeks Werner. Vooral die foto’s van de rollercoaster vind ik de moeite.

    Bert

    March 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

  2. Interesting and challenging concept!
    This picture gives me the impression that the device is a kind of guillotine, which can cut people in 2…

    Jeroen

    March 24, 2011 at 10:48 am


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