Jeroen Kooijmans' The Fish Pond Song is an installation a video work that takes the spectator through an hypothetical world of conflict, impelled by narratives of fear, dreams and lust. The installation, in its entirety, covers more than 700-sq-m and unfolds over three chapters, communicating war as an abstract reality.
Kooijmans' work often reference the religious themed work of medieval Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch. The Fish Pond Song is no exception as Kooijmans draws on The Garden of Earthly Delights. Kooijmans’ work deals with the topic of faith in relation to the 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers. He tackles such themes as fanaticism, mania and war.
Video projections featured in the spatial installation appear on simple archetypal structures, like little houses, and their surrounding walls, almost set a set of a play. But compared with the voyeuristic distance often offered in a theatre, The Fish Pond Song allows visitors to immerse themselves fully in the projected landscapes and to more actively engage in their thought-provoking content.