UNDERWATER

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 cantor on the Day of Atonement.

Electronic dance music arises from depth readings taken from 40 of my scuba dives.

UNDERWATER at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif (installation photo: Masha Sizikova)

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

UNDERWATER at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif (installation photo: Masha Sizikova)

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

UNDERWATER premiered in Spring 2018 at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif in Vienna. Participation in the exhibition happened both directly, by experiencing the installation and dancing to its music; and also remotely, by responding to the call to send personal stories about global warming, marine life, seas rising, and hurricanes. These stories were included in the show.

UNDERWATER at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif (installation photo: Masha Sizikova)

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).