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Fabrizio Plessi «Tempo Liquido (Liquid time)» | Tempo Liquido
Fabrizio Plessi, «Tempo Liquido (Liquid time)», 1989 – 1993
Tempo Liquido, 1993 | Photograph: Bernhard Schmitt | ©


Works by Fabrizio Plessi:


4*5*18 m (W*H*D) | 1-Kanal-Videoinstallation, 21 Monitore , Mühlrad, Eisen, Eisengitter, Motor, hydraulische Pumpe, fließendes Wasser | Archive / Collection: ZKM, Karlsruhe | 1-channel-videoinstallation

 Fabrizio Plessi
«Tempo Liquido (Liquid time)»

«An upright wheel, reaching to a height of five metres and made of steel, is mounted so that it turns slowly above a long steel tank, along the base of which water flows in a gutter beneath a grating. We recognize this arrangement immediately as that of a mill wheel, yet in each of the scoops the water we would expect to find is replaced by a monitor, its screen showing video footage of cascading water. As the wheel turns, the water shown on each of the monitor screens briefly meets the real water bubbling along the gutter in the tank. Here, then, one of the oldest technologies for the production of energy is tranformed into a confrontation of material realities and illusions generated by the media.»

(source: Frauke Syamken in: Heinrich Klotz (ed.), Contemporary Art, exhib. cat., Museum for Contemporary Art/Center of Art and Media, Karlsruhe, 1997, p. 215.)