UNDERWATER brings environmentalism, trance music, and mysticism together. In a  7-channel video installation that’s also an operatic disco, I sing about pollution and global warming like a Jewish canter on the Day of Atonement. Electronic dance music arises from depth readings taken from 40 of my scuba dives.

5 videos focus on what I find underwater: pollution, death, nausea, a beautiful sea turtle, and swaying kelp…

A 6th video shows me disappearing into a cloud of air bubbles, and a 7th video shows a visual map of my dives.

UNDERWATER is premiering on Thursday March 8 from 6-9 pm at Christine König Galerie 2 in Vienna; and the show will run through April 21. As part of the exhibition, we’re inviting the public to tell their personal stories about global warming, marine life, seas rising, and hurricanes. These stories – which should be presented via email  to koenig2@christinekoeniggalerie.at – will be presented in the window of the gallery as a live video blog; and selected ones will be told during a public performance / conversation event on March 10.

A previous version of this project, The Underwater Project: Turning Myself Into Music, was first presented as a 3 channel video installation in 2004 at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects; it then traveled to the Adamski Gallery (Berlin), the Helen Lindhurst Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Southern California, and the Rocky Mountain School of Photography (Missoula, Montana).