The film features an egg-yolk jellyfish, as it drifts in its tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A voiceover describes its baroque but literally brainless anatomy and its voracious cannibalism. Shifting from a seemingly banal wildlife TV programme about a sea creature towards a description of its display in the aquarium, the film looks at how the image pre-exists its own recording, approaching the window of the aquarium as a display device that informs the notion of the viewer. The work was commissioned to be inserted between ads and feature films within a network of commercial cinemas in the UK and Ireland.
Aurélien Froment (b. 1976, Angers, France) lives and works in Dublin. He has held solo exhibitions at Carlier Gebauer, Berlin; at Le CREDAC, Ivry-sur-Seine; and at Wattis Institute, San Francisco. His works have been included in group shows at CCA Derry, Londonderry; the 55th Biennale di Venezia, Venice; and Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit.
Courtesy of the artist and Marcelle Alix, Paris.