April 3, 2003 - SKOR | Foundation for Art and Public Domain - PanoramicPortraits by Manon de Boer
April 3, 2003

PanoramicPortraits by Manon de Boer

Manon de Boer

SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space, Amsterdam, Holland)
Ruysdaelkade 2
1072 AG Amsterdam
T 020 – 672 25 25
F 020 – 379 28 09


PanoramicPortraits is an Internet project by artist Manon de Boer. It is the first in a series of commissions in which SKOR invites artists to explore the public domain on the internet. For PanoramicPortraits, Manon de Boer took her own environment as the starting point of her investigation, creating a network from her personal contacts.

PanoramicPortraits is a growing collection of virtual portraits, originally of friends, although later of individuals not personally known to the artist. The portraits comprise a variety of biographical information, subjective and objective, ranging from personal knowledge to verifiable information on the web. De Boers perception of the identity of a specific subject, as shown on her site, is confronted by the image presented by the individuals own website and connected links. In this way, the artist brings together a variety of information flows about the identity of her subjects, which simultaneously complete and mirror each other. Combined, they question identity, self image and (re)presentation, and their reality in a domain (the internet) where individuals are made up predominantly of text.

PanoramicPortraits will be online for eighteen months. The collection of portraits will be constantly expanded and the artist will publish her progress notes on the homepage. In Panoramic Dialogue she will talk about her findings with publicist, researcher and artist Willem van Weelden. There will also be an archive, a portal to responses and correspondence sent to the website. Visitors are asked to give their reactions and to add to the work with their detailed comments.

Concept, realisation and design: Manon de Boer and Rob Meerman

Producer: SKOR (Foundation for Art and Public Space, Amsterdam, Holland)

More information: Mariska van den Berg: mvdb@skor.nl/ Hanneke Janssens: hj@skor.nl

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