- Date of Production
high definition digital video with sound,
4 minutes on an infinite loop, unlimited edition
- Credit Details
commissioned by Kaldor Public Art Projects for MOVE: Video Art in School, courtesy the artist and Gallery Barry Keldoulis, Sydney
PROJECT - Jess MacNeil: The Swimmers
Thursday, March 29, 2012 -
Sunday, May 13, 2012,
Lydiard St Projection Window
A serene and tranquil image played in slow motion of an ocean
pool against an ocean backdrop, endlessly looping in a continual
rise and fall of waves, takes the viewer to a cool and calm place.
Soon, wisps of broken water appear on the surface of the pool - the
swimmers have been digitally removed but their wake remains,
suggesting impermanence, the transience of individual passage.
The swimmers is a meditation on the movements of the
water and the contrast between human and natural, the solid line
between pool and ocean, containable and uncontainable, permanent
MacNeil's art practice is interested in humans place in physical
space and their relationship to it and each other. The
Swimmers is at once familiar and strange, comforting and
quietly eerie. It alludes to human mortality and the insignificance
of the individual but also how the way our actions can linger long
after we are gone.