The Ocean Wants You Back
In this future, human skin cannot be exposed to the atmosphere. Physical distinctions between cultures and gender are concealed by protective clothing. We are one human race, unified by our fragility, equally vulnerable to the punishing reality of our changing environment. We watch as window cleaners abseil down a building. Fully covered, they clean away the surface to reveal a window into the possible future of this site. With each stroke a new section of the projection is revealed, exposing blinding light emanating from a potent, violent sea. As the workers descend into the earth the sea begins to darken, fading to black, before the window cleaners reappear to repeat the cycle. This work embodies the precarity of the human condition, whilst questioning the future of our rising seas.
Special thanks to the team at Circus Oz.
Jen Valender is an Australasian artist and writer who works across moving image, sculpture, sound and performance. Her practice and research explore connections between absurdity and dissonance to surface undercurrents of ethical and environmental dilemmas.