Artist Lars Jans’ video art piece HOLOSCENES/Quaternary Suite is now on display at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA). The multimedia, multi-site artwork explores humanity’s troubled relationship with water, an issue the artist believes will become central to the 21st century. As part of the project, the artist devised animated portraits of people carrying out everyday behaviors, exercises of habit and absent-mindedness— making a telephone call, coiling a garden hose, eating ramen—while submerged in a cylindrical tank, their actions transformed by seven tons of moving water. In the PMCA’s Project Room, Jan mounts Quaternary Suite, an installation of beautiful and disturbing images taken from these performances, including a video triptych and light circumferences— custom-fabricated, frameless, circular light-boxes.
The piece reflects on everything from climate change to humans’ incredible ability to adapt to their environment. It will be on display through May 31, 2015.
Watch a clip below.