Rosa Aiello

July 11 - August 8
    • In Rosa Aiello's A River In It, the relationship to Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson's Swamp (1971) is direct - the site is activated through commands which express simultaneous dominance and care. Nancy Holt wrote that "[Swamp] deals with limitations of perception through the camera eye.... Verbal direction cannot easily be followed. As the reeds crash against the camera lens blocking vision and forming continuously shifting patterns, confusion ensues."

      The site of Aiello's A River In It isn't a physical locale: the space is rendered and the movement within it is animated. The representation of physical laws in such a space is a matter of choice. This is an expression of a more expansive mode of authority than the kind animating the interplay of the collaborators in Swamp. It is the authority of a medium that allows experience to enter the domain of will and craft.

      A River In It, 2015, single channel video, 10:15, Voice of Olga Pedan

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