Pitti Discovery presents
The Swiss star of contemporary art
Taped almost entirely underwater, Rist’s video offers a “fish-eye” view of swaying seaweed gardens and coral kingdoms. Wafting sybaritically over the ocean beds, the camera records trajectories of household objects as they sink to the depths of the sea: kitsch coffee mugs with heart-shaped patterns, a bright yellow teapot, a plastic toy truck and an old LP settle into the sand. Schools of tropical fish whizz in and out of this ever-shifting marine vista, while a bikini-clad woman cavorts in the waves. The video is projected in duplicate as mirrored reflections on two adjoining walls, with the corner between them an immobile seam around which psychedelic configurations radiated and swirled.
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