Ceal Floyer

20 November–19 December 2002

“In the gallery’s bottom floor, Ceal Floyer has projected a film precisely adapted to cover one of the gable walls completely – from floor to ceiling. At first, I perceive the wall only as a luminous, flickering rectangle. Eventually it dawns on me that what I see is a water surface. In the background is a horizon line. The camera is precisely on the waterline. Slowly, a descending movement begins that propagates out into the room where I stand. The camera moves below the water surface, which is marked as a straight line, slowly moving upwards over the shimmering wall. /…/ Disrespectful humor with a penchant for the absurd characterizes the sound work that Ceal Floyer also presents on Index (in the upper room). Twenty-seven pianists play one of Bach’s Goldberg variations – at the same time. However, they play at different speeds, which is why the piano music quickly begins to fall apart and become cacophonous. The interpreters’ subjective time is made to explode against the metronome’s objective. Only the pianist who plays the slowest may finish the piece in solitary majesty. Bach lovers probably need to keep themselves from laughing, but the work’s character of Dadaist antics still feels liberating. At least if you choose not to listen to it too many times.”

Translated quote from DN, 2002-12-10, Lars O Ericsson. Read full text in Swedish.