Swan Song — Virtual Escape
Ancient belief has it that before swans pass away, they belt out a final graceful chant. But do they sing their most beautiful song out of sorrow for what has been, or solace for what has yet to come?
‘Swan Song’ is the first instalment of the ongoing research project ‘Virtual Escape’ at GALLERY GALLERY in Antwerp. It explores the impact of image technology on the necessity of human physical presence, thereby raising questions about the status of the constructed, idealized image that lasts eternally. Consisting of photographic works and a four-channel soundscape, the installation takes over the exhibition space, immersing viewers in an unsettling atmosphere of vanity, of the passing show of life.
In collaboration with Alexey Shlyk. 4-channel audio with Benjamin Hertogs. Thanks to Edi Danartono.
Download the exhibition text by Eline Verstegen in English or Dutch.