"The Swing", 2006
HD quicktime video with sound, custom wood box, shelf, computer, speakers
music by Kurt Hentschlaeger
framed screen: 15 x 23.5 x 3.5" / 38 x 60 x 9 cm
shelf: 3.5 x 16.8 x 9.6" / 9 x 42.5 x 24.4 cm
10 min loop
edition of 6
"The Swing" features a plump nude avatar, named Machina, whose appearance is loosely based on Baroque painter Peter Paul Reuben's portraits of his wife, and personifies Rococo fleshy decadence. In this multi-channel animated installation, the character swings on a seat suspended from the sky, set inside super Mannerist slow time. Her wooded surroundings ebb and flow at another rate, imitating stop-motion, as years pass in a matter of moments. The driver of all of these cycles, but a driver scarcely in control, this female figure is a Mother Nature heading straight for what she suspects might be Oblivion.
Please note this is an excerpt.
Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc.
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