The convergence of the Levant and western modernity occurred not only in our vicinity, but also in Europe New images were brought consumed, lending access to an unknown expanse to Europeans who had not actually visited the Middle East. The experience of train travel and the vistas seen from the train became a central part of the attempt to import the landscapes of the Levant. Wondereast 2000 invites you to return to the viewing experience of the late 19th Century, when the sight of a passing train was an object of wonder, for those on board and off the train.
The machine offers glimpse and an inquiry into the complex relationship between location and representation, between the machine and its physical and cultural environment. Visitors are kindly requested to enter the engine driver's post and take an active part in the image machine. The train is about to leave the platform!
* Thanks to the Welcome collection for letting us use its archive material