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 opens at the Adamski Gallery in Berlin on Saturday June 22 from 7-9 pm, and the show will run through August 17 (with a one week break from July 20-27). Participation in the exhibition can happen both directly, by experiencing the installation and dancing to its music; and also remotely, by responding to the call to send personal stories to mail@adamskigallery.com about global warming, marine life, seas rising, and hurricanes. These stories will be included in the show.

UNDERWATER at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif (installation photo: Masha Sizikova)

UNDERWATER premiered in Spring 2018 at KOENIG2 by_robbygreif in Vienna. 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).