This video was created from photos taken during Lars Jan's UCLA residency in early 2013. The water level (represented in blue) is responding to the fluctuations of BP's stock over the course of 2012, compressed into 10 minutes. The rate of the water change and the scale of the structure are derived from our aquarium and hydraulic system designs.
Annie Saunders, a physical performer and free diver, working on the project is enacting one of her daily behaviors — drinking tea, reading the paper — in the context of the water level fluctuations here represented by video. She's holding her breath as long as possible when the water level rises above her head, until she's forced to "swim" to the top (in this case, stand on a stool) to breathe. She then takes in more air, and "swims" below, returning to her behavior in the new submerged environment. Her ability to invert, the disintegration / transformation of the newspaper, the floating or sinking of her tea cup are the sorts of things that can't be simulated in this dry context, hence the need for our next residency at EMPAC this July featuring a prototype 10-foot tall tank with changing water levels.
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