Premiering in De Singel, Antwerp in April 2008, Neverland is a video installation of professional Michael Jackson impersonator, Christophe Lesquesne performing as Michael Jackson.
The video is installed using a technique first developed in 19th century operas, called Pepper’s Ghost. Here, however, the off-stage body is replaced by a high-resolution projected image, and the large glass is replaced by an invisible plastic film, creating the effect of a completely free-standing, 3-dimensional hologram.
The viewer can approach the glass behind which this image stands in the middle of the room, coming face to face with what is neither a body nor merely an image- Life-like, but not real. The real three-dimensional image of an unreal persona, performed by a real-life imitator.
The effect is the somewhat uncertain sense- approaching a one-on-one intimacy with what is either a recognizable, larger-than-life pop-icon, or the absent, phantom body of one of the greatest disappearing acts of all time.