text and image r.v.
Jos de Mul describes in the book Cyberspace Odyssey how a change is taking place in the relation between fiction and reality. Where formerly fiction served as an escape from reality one can now observe a re-enchantment of reality through fiction. The latter increasingly mixes with daily life and consequently one could speak of ‘faction’. The Amsterdam artwork ‘FILM SET ALONG THE IJ’ could apply as an example of this. The separation between reality and film set is broken, that one is dealing with an artwork only becomes totally clear when one notices the title plate on the ground. After a concept of Ineke Hilhorst a light design has been created by Chris Hutter specifically for this location. The intention was it to make from this dark underpass, which runs from the Korte Prinsengracht to the Westerdokskade, a more secure location. Where at other places in the city an ‘increased camera surveillance’ is employed, there has been chosen here for art. Of course is it the element of light which causes the safety and not the art itself. Subsequently, one can ask himself whether a location that evokes associations with films like ‘The Third Man’ functions safety increasing or not. Probably a lot is thereby dependent on the way it’s being lighted. By lighting it from above it feels familiar, because natural as the sun in the sky, the same goes for the choice of a bright white light. Due to this it becomes no longer an ominous place, but more as a sun breaking through or even a heavenly moment. In other words faction with a bit more fiction then fact.