Romanticized All Out of Proportion
Miniature cameras, cables, CD players, LCD monitors
The Queens Museum of Art NY
The Panorama of the City of New York painstakingly recreates every architectural structure in the five boroughs of New York City at a scale of 1:1200. An encircling walkway offers visitors an aerial view, mimicking what might be seen from a helicopter tour over the city.
Romanticized All Out of Proportion sites 7 miniature cameras on the Panorama in order to recreate the camera angles of specific scenes from movies that take place in New York City. A live feed connects the cameras to 7 LCD screens mounted along the walkway, whose speakers play the original soundtrack excerpt from the chosen film sequences.
Film selections were made by visitors to the Panorama who responded to a survey that asked them to recall a specific scene from a movie they felt illustrated their experience, attitude, or expectations of New York City. The first seven scene selections were presented from August to December, 2002; the second from January to June, 2003.
Next to each screen was a label showing a still from the real movie, while on the LCD screen appeared a live feed from the Panorama of the scene in question. Woody Allen’s Manhattan (1977) and Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989) were among the common cinematic references.