Time of the Empress (Triad)

Aziz + Cucher
Feb 19, 2014 11:19PM

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About the work: "Time of the Empress" (Triad) stems from Aziz + Cucher's installation "Time of the Empress" (2012), which features seven large flat-screen panels displaying a series of animated drawings that present modernist buildings in an endless loop of simultaneous construction and disintegration. 

Through a labour-intensive animation process, these architectural drawings are suspended in a cycle of growth and dissolution, creation and destruction – like a series of Towers of Babel - simultaneously rising and collapsing. This constant movement alludes to the Book of Ecclesiastes: “There is nothing new under the sun,” where history repeats itself, empires rise and fall, and time is fleeting and ephemeral. Time of The Empress casts a meditational glance at historical cycles of growth and decay and the impermanence of the present. 

For "Time of the Empress" (Triad), presented at Moving Image, three buildings based on those from the artists' earlier installation are brought together into a single channel video.

About the artist: Since the beginning of their career together in 1992, Aziz + Cucher have worked in a variety of media including digital imaging, sculpture, animation, and video- installation. They were considered pioneers of digital manipulation in fine art Gazelli Art House  photography in the 1990s and their work features in prominent collections worldwide, including San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art and the Fond National d’Art Contemporain in Paris. The artists also represented Venezuela in the 1995 Venice Biennale.

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