Fabrizio Plessi

Tempo Liquido


currently on display

Tempo Liquido
Artist / Artist group
Fabrizio Plessi
Tempo Liquido
video, installation, Video installation, Kinetic installation
Material / Technique
single-channel video installation ; 21 monitors, 1 laserdisc, 1 laserdisc player, mill-wheel, steel basin
Dimensions / Duration
500 x 400 x 1800 cm
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

"Tempo Liquido" is one of the main works of Fabrizio Plessi. The five-meter-high mill wheel is a steel construction that carries a monitor on each shovel, on whose screen the falling water can be seen. The constantly turning wheel with its monitors is immersed in the real water, which gushes out of a channel and seems to have fallen from the mill wheel.

Plessi's artistic strategy consists of letting appearance and reality, illusion and reality clash harshly. Just as the monitor water of the mill wheel dips into the real water, Plessi confronts the image of appearance with the facts of reality in many of his works. It is not always immediately clear where appearance ends and existence begins. The interest in perception arises from the almost successful illusion of being able to confuse electronic water with real water. At the same time, there is an ironic "aha" effect of having been consciously instructed by the artist to perceive the difference between appearance and reality. The media art of moving images creates a strong approach to the real - but at the same time it is the means to unmask the illusion. Plessi tells the story of the encounter of two spheres, unmasks the apparent unity of water and breaks it down into two. "You shall believe - and you shall not believe" is Plessi's message.

Plessi had created the first version of "Tempo Liquido" for the newly built Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci in Prato. He produced the second version, which is now in the ZKM Collection, in 1993 for the Philips company for the Funkausstellung in Berlin.


Author: Heinrich Klotz

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