History Is A Gesture

The work is predicated on the capturing, on video, a human intervention into a natural action: a hand trying to turn water down the drain in the opposite direction. The conceptual departure point is what appears to be a consensus: that water travels in different directions down the drain hole in the Northern and Southern hemispheres respectively. However, there is much speculation around the certitude of such a claim. Is it the Coriolis effect, or the shape of the basin which has the greatest influence? In the end, this common piece of knowledge occupies a somewhat mythological position, as well as the trope of timelessness, a common characteristic of mythology. This characteristic of timelessness has also been applied to geo-political stereotypes. These stereotypes both manifest and decompose in gestures of the everyday.

Date:
January 2016
Duration:
1 minute 27 seconds; looped
Country:
Sierre, Switzerland.