An excursion into our contemporary culture of fear

Phobiarama

Dries Verhoeven

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Visiting Phobiarama is an immersive excursion into our contemporary culture of fear. The Dutch theatre maker and visual artist Dries Verhoeven’s debut at the Holland Festival is a latter-day haunted house. Visitors encounter potential threats and societal paranoia. This presentation of supposedly hazardous objects gradually morphs into an oppressive experience. Phobiarama is Verhoeven’s latest ‘living installation’, in which he depicts a society obsessed with safety and perfection. Terrorists, marketeers and politicians shrewdly exploit this fear. Are we still able to keep a cool head?