the "Confetti" piece, 2015 - 2018
dual channel projection, 16:9
duration: app. 12 minutes
Edition of 7 plus 1 artist's proof + 1 archival copy
The motive of 'the “confetti” piece' is a single moment in time taken from an event that looks like a local election celebration in the United States. Thousands of confetti are falling from the sky, as guests are starting to clap their hands. Set in a neo-classical building, the falling confetti pulls all gazes upwards. The particles, tumbling down gently like transparent flower petals seem to be an index of lightness. By means of this material, Claerbout searches for remnants of tactility within the digital realm and unites irreconcilable aspects in the physical world: weightlessness and heaviness. The core of the work is a detail in the scene: the panic reflex of a young boy. Like gravitational force, his silenced scream pulls the objects in the picture back down. Both aspects of lightness and weight co-exist in their enduring opposition, producing a new, third aspect that really only produces itself over time. For Claerbout, digital materiality will not remain content as a virtual reality but will attempt to penetrate in as many as possible aspects of life, altering optical and material habits. Lens-based images are therefore already part of the past, to be replaced by dark optics.