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.
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 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.
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).