Originally designed to create the illusion of a complete vision of the world, the spatial model of the panorama is deployed here as a medium. Yet, far from proposing a panoptic view, this device articulates a fragmented, incomplete representation of a contemporary landscape. Cosmic, automated, and seemingly invisible landscapes are presented next to the writings of the Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck about ecology and the day/night cycle. For the 1968 Triennale, van Eyck designed the exhibition The Enigma of Vast Multiplicity in which he presented a disturbing view of the collapse of Western welfare societies and made a plea for more environmental awareness amongst designers.
A carrier and archive of research, the panorama also acts as a layered horizon encapsulating historical and current modes of seeing. Dioramas, projections, or smooth screens reveal scenarios we don’t generally get, or choose, to see. These are designed by Ramon Amaro, Danilo Correale, Design Academy Eindhoven, Lucy McRae, Melvin Moti, Academy for Urban Astronauts, Bregtje van der Haak, Richard Vijgen, and Leanne Wijnsma, among others.