The film portrays the belvédère of the Boekentoren, Ghent’s university library, built by Flemish modernist Henry Van De Velde. In a continuous panoramic shot, taken from the centre of the interior, the camera scans both the modernist wooden pillars as the stark windows framing the city skyline and Ghent’s historic towers. An anti-cinematographic gesture is being used: the 360° shot goes against the spatial logic of classical cinema and is the embodiment of that curious device of simultaneous inscription and erasure.


Image Robbrecht Desmet
Film FUJI T64 Daylight Color Negative
Lab Color By DeJonghe, Kortrijk
Shot on location at Ghent’s University Library in May 2010

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