Seven Seas and a River, 2018
Eight single-channel videos broadcasting live YouTube channels on stands, positioned in a circle facing inwards.
Seven Seas and a River is a video installation presenting the live streaming footage of eight cameras placed around the world. In each, the camera permanently points to a body of water, presenting a living landscape whose palette and atmosphere is forever changing in real time. All these cameras were found online and why they are present is unclear. Some pan and scan the scene, zooming in and zooming out. Others are motionless, creating striking tableaux that are deceptively still. These viewpoints are located on the edges of the Pacific Ocean, North Atlantic Ocean, Barents Sea, Adriatic Sea, Caribbean Sea, Celtic Sea, Suruga Bay, and the Saint Lawrence river in Quebec.
The sea remains as mysterious and daunting as it has ever been. Tsunamis and storm surges in Japan and the USA wipe out entire towns and cities; A passenger jet disappears into the Gulf of Thailand without trace; In Europe, the sea is haunted by those who have lost their lives attempting to cross it. And deep down, we know that the very survival of our species is threatened by its rising levels.
Commissioned by Walter Guadagnini for Fotografia Europea and presented at Banca d’Italia, Reggio Emilia, 25 April – 17 June 2018
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