Edith Dekyndt presents two site specific installations. Located at the entrance of the ‘Pavilion of Time and Infinity’ in the Arsenale, there is Slow Object 08 (2017) a linen curtain covered with silver foils. This material, apparently so precious and shiny, has been chosen by the artist for its physical properties. The aesthetic of the work is affected by the passage of the visitors and, irreversibily, by the humidity and direct light that slowly oxidize the surface. The second installation is entitled One Thousand and One Nights (2016) and consists of a mantle of dust collected in situ, laid down on the floor and illuminated from above by a stream of light that moves perpetually around itself. To ensure that the projected light coincides perfectly with the area of the dusty surface beneath, an attendant is given regular task of sweeping the dust particles with a broom, for around ten minutes, once an hour, thereby inevitably raising an impalpable and iridescent cloud.
Viva Arte Viva, Arsenale, Venice Biennial 2017
Medium : A person moving a rectangle of dust every half hours, light projector, dust. Linen curtain covered with silver folds.
Dimensions : Variable
Curator : Christine Macel