Blocked In was the first diorama released by Dutch artists Daniël Ernst and offered a place in which the visitor could experience an immersive room and the surreal sight of Tetris blocks falling from the sky.
It also coined the term diorama for these kind of experiences. The room you visit was hand-painted on top of 3D geometry. Every inch of the room is unique, every scratch on the table top, every letter of the handwritten message, every pixel of a Tetris block.
2 DER GROSSE GOTTLIEB
Der Grosse Gottlieb is the second addition in this ongoing series of fantastical dioramas. Every diorama is meant to mesmerize the audience and offer weird and wonderful sights and sounds in hand-painted magic realist environments. Interactivity is used to tell a story and enhance the sense of presence, not to solve a puzzle or reach the end of a level.
3 THE MARCHLAND
The Marchland is the third installment of the series. For Marchland Ernst puts the viewer inside a toll booth where the unseen passes by.
Using motion controllers the viewer can interact with the beautifully handpainted environment. Spectres of cars only visible by drops of rain drive through the toll barrier. Are these apparitions, or has the viewer become a ghost?
4 DIE FERNWEH OPER
In Der Grosse Gottlieb, the acrobat is trying to reach the stars and one star in particular: Asteria.
In Diorama No.4 you’ll meet this star, in the form of a 50 ft tall opera singer, who sings especially for you and about your foolish love for her. It wouldn’t be an opera without a tragic story of course. Just as with the stars you see in the night's sky, she has already died light years ago and what you see of her is her last light that reaches your eyes. Visit her performance and her dressing room and learn more about her and Gottlieb.