Their film Presence, Reality, Survival, aims to allow the viewer a moment of immersion within the world captured by the artists on the streets of Liverpool & Miami. Giant tanks of live jellyfish were installed in disused buildings in each city, surreally juxtaposed against their residential surroundings. Hidden behind an electronic shutter during the day, they were only exposed every evening, opening anonymously, once dusk had fallen, the piece was called ‘The Physical Possibility Of Inspiring Imagination In The Mind Of Somebody Living’.
Each night Walter & Zoniel filmed through the tanks and the Jellyfish to the streetscapes beyond. Capturing the space, calm, excitement and plethora of reactions as peoples’ day to existence collided with the surrealism placed in their locality. Viewed close-up, the jellyfish mesmerised those who stumbled across the work, viewed as a whole work from afar, each building appeared to be housing constellations, nebular clouds, softly moving and entrancing those within site.
The artist duo’s live, site specific installations impacted the everyday existence of the local communities creating an alternative perspective of the space within which those individuals lived and rippling out to the surrounding areas, naturally drawing others to view the surrealism and thus changing the space further in their doing so.
The relationships between those on the street viewing the jellyfish, and the live jellyfish existing in the street environment was captured by Walter & Zoniel on cameras housed within the tanks.
The five films within this installation are the final digital incarnation of this project. Edited and scored to reflect upon those spaces that we see repetitively, which make up our everyday existence. They draw our focus to the worlds that exist within our day to day lives, highlighting the parallels of latency and potential that we each embody in every given moment and are the questions and callings which form our actions.
The Presence, Reality, Survival film reverses the artists live installation and reveals those captured streetscapes, the space and intensity of the external world now housed within its own ‘tank’. The films inside are a reflection of ourselves looking out, searching for more or mesmerised with what we each see. Presence, Reality, Survival was shown as an immersive installation at Palazzo Bembo during Venice Biennale 2015.
The Theories ii film relates to the Theories series as a whole reflects upon the questions of individuality, re-production, and personal statements with a filmed performance that of the artists creating and inking the walls of their room sized camera with renaissance tempera paint.